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DAKOTA CITY | A South Sioux City man has pleaded not guilty to shooting and killing his wife.

Bei Sheng Chen filed written pleas Monday in Dakota County District Court to charges of first-degree murder, first-degree domestic assault and use of a firearm to commit a felony.

No trial date has been set, though District Judge Paul Vaughan scheduled a pretrial conference for Dec. 1. Chen remains in custody on a $1.25 million bond.

Chen, 41, is accused of fatally 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.


Court reporter

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