Hearing cut short for Rapid City man accused of stabbing brother to death
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The man accused of stabbing his brother to death in Rapid City, appeared in court Wednesday via closed-circuit television to hear the charges against him but the hearing was cut short.
James Ladeaux, Sr. is charged with first-degree murder for the stabbing death of his brother, Fredrick Ladeaux near 35 Omaha St., in the alleyway between Main St. and St. Joseph St. Monday night,.
Court documents show Ladeaux killed his brother after allegedly trying to rob him.
Ladeaux could face the death penalty for first-degree murder or a mandatory life sentence if convicted.
Ladeaux also faces two charges of aggravated assault on law enforcement for allegedly putting two officers in fear of harm, with a knife. Each assault charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in jail if convicted.
After state prosecutors read the charges, Judge Sarah Morrison asked Ladeaux if he understood the charges and if he was paying attention to his rights when read at the beginning of the court session.
Ladeaux replied that he understood the charges but replied “no” to the latter question.
Morrison stated that Ladeaux would be kept another day, in order to hear his rights again. Upon hearing that he would be kept another day, Ladeaux then said he was, in fact, paying attention but Morrison upheld her decision to hold him another day in jail.
Ladeaux then cursed at Morrison as he walked out of sight out of the camera broadcasting from the jail to the courthouse.
He is set to appear Thursday morning at 10 a.m.