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Contributed by the South Sioux City Police Department.

DAKOTA CITY | A South Sioux City man charged with fatally shooting his wife will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

District Judge Paul Vaughan on Friday approved a defense request to continue a scheduled pretrial conference so that Bei Sheng Chen could be seen by a mental health professional.

Dakota County Attorney Kim Watson did not object to defense attorney Todd Lancaster's request.

Chen, 41, has pleaded not guilty in Dakota County District Court to charges of first-degree murder, first-degree domestic assault and use of a firearm to commit a felony. He will remain in custody on $1.25 million bond.

Vaughan rescheduled the pretrial conference for Feb. 16. No trial date has been set.

Chen is accused of shooting Mei Huang, 33, on Sept. 6 near the Law Enforcement Center at 701 W. 29th St. in South Sioux City.

Police officers responding to the sound of two gunshots 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. The shooting was based upon a domestic dispute, court documents said.

If found guilty of first-degree murder, Chen would face a sentence of life in prison. Prosecutors also will have the option of seeking the death penalty. The other charges against Chen carry maximum prison sentences of 20-50 years.

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