- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for a Rapid City woman accused in the stabbing death of her boyfriend.

Forty-three-year-old Corinne Vermillion is accused of fatally stabbing 37-year-old Donny Ladeaux in January at a public housing complex in Pennington County where the couple and their two children lived. She pleaded not guilty in February to second-degree murder and an alternate count of first-degree manslaughter.

Prosecutors last week asked the court to order the psychiatric exam, after a mental health expert brought by the defense said that Vermillion is a battered woman who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Defense attorney Tom Diggins objects to a court-ordered evaluation and says he’ll take the matter to the South Dakota Supreme Court.

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