Walla Walla man faces additional charges in meth manufacturing

Jared F. Allen, who escaped a fire that killed three women in February, also will undergo a mental-health evaluation

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WALLA WALLA -- Additional charges were filed last week against a man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine, which officials believe started a fire that killed three women last February.

Jared F. Allen, 41, of 309 N. Sixth Ave., now is charged with two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine and one count each of possessing pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture meth and unlawful storage of anhydrous ammonia.

The new charges filed Tuesday stem from the discovery of items in a storage unit on Melrose Street linked to Allen, officials said.

A tank of anhydrous ammonia was found, in addition to medication containing pseudoephedrine, and jars and bottles consistent with the process of manufacturing meth, according to authorities.

In another development, Allen will be evaluated by a mental expert from Eastern State Hospital at Medical Lake to determine if he is competent to stand trial, which was set to begin Oct. 20.

Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann ordered the evaluation Thursday at the request of Allen's attorney, Jim Barrett.

Allen was arrested July 25 on a warrant issued after the initial charge was filed accusing him of cooking meth in an RV on Woodlawn Street the evening of Feb. 25.

Officials said a chemical fire flashed during the process, killing three people -- including his daughter Shanda Lee Allen -- inside the vehicle.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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