DAKOTA CITY | A Lincoln, Nebraska, lawyer has been appointed to represent a South Sioux City man charged with fatally shooting his wife.
After Bei Chen filed a financial affidavit in Dakota County Court, Judge Kurt Rager on Saturday appointed Todd Lancaster with the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy in Lincoln to represent Chen, who initially declined to have an attorney appointed to represent him last week.
Chen's next scheduled court appearance is Sept. 19. He remains in custody on a $1.25 million bond.
On Monday, Dakota County Attorney Kim Watson filed a complaint charging Chen, 41, with first-degree murder, first-degree domestic assault and use of a firearm to commit a felony.
Chen was arrested Wednesday for the shooting death of his wife, Mei Huang, 33, near the Law Enforcement Center at 701 W. 29th St. in South Sioux City.
Police officers inside the building rushed outside after hearing two gunshots at about 8:05 a.m. and found Huang lying on the ground with gunshot wounds. Chen was found near her, taken into custody for questioning and later arrested. A firearm was found at the scene.
An arrest affidavit filed in the case gives no other details to the incident other than it was based upon a domestic dispute.
Lancaster has represented defendants in other Dakota County murder cases. He currently represents Andres Surber, who is one of two men charged with first-degree murder and other charges for the Nov. 1 shooting death and dismemberment of Kraig Kubik, of Emerson, Nebraska.
Lancaster also represented Raymond Gonzales Jr., who was found guilty of first-degree murder for the December 2013 shooting death of Bonnie Baker in South Sioux City.