Konias' attorney asks for behavioral evaluation; Friday's prelim postponed

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PITTSBURGH —

Channel 11’s Rick Earle learned Thursday morning that Friday’s preliminary hearing for the man charged in a deadly armored truck robbery has been postponed.

The attorney for Ken Konias, the armored car guard accused of killing his partner and making off with more than $2 million, filed a motion Thursday requesting a behavioral evaluation. The request delays Konias’ preliminary hearing indefinitely.

U.S. Marshals said Konias, 22, had been transferred from Florida to a facility in Oklahoma City where prisoners are processed as they move between states. Konias left that facility May 16 and was flown back to Pittsburgh.

Officials said Konias was transported back to Pittsburgh on a Boeing 727 plane, wearing leg and waist shackles.

The Dravosburg man was arrested April 24 in Pompano Beach, Fla., after nearly two months on the run from authorities who say he killed fellow guard Michael Haines and disappeared with $2.3 million.

Haines' body was found inside a Garda Cash Logistics truck under a Pittsburgh bridge on Feb. 28.

About $1.4 million of the missing money has been recovered.  

Konias’ hearing lasted only 10 minutes and he didn’t speak more than two words. However, lead detective Peg Sherwood said they’re still looking for more of the money and have ideas where it may be.

Sherwood was also asked if there was a possibility anyone was going to get the reward money.

“Yes. There’s a very strong possibility,” she said.

Konias is facing robbery and firearms violations in the federal system and a murder charge in the state system.