Shawnee man charged with trying to kill family appears in court — Here’s what we know

Shawnee firefighters on the scene of Matthew Richards' home.

Shawnee firefighters outside the garage of the Richards family home early Saturday morning. Photo credit Mike Frizzell.

A Shawnee youth pastor and teacher charged with trying to kill his wife and children over the weekend made his first court appearance on Monday.

Matthew Richards, 41, appeared in front of a Johnson County District Court magistrate judge via video link from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office detention facility in Olathe.

Richards is facing six charges in all for Saturday morning’s attack on his wife and their children at the family’s Shawnee home.