Rapid City woman accused of fatally stabbing nephew enters plea

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A woman accused of fatally stabbing her nephew last December has entered a plea.

Rapid City police were called to a home early in the morning on December 8, where they discovered Lorraine Swallow’s nephew, Tyrell Bull Bear, on the floor with multiple stab wounds. They attempted to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A police release indicates that Swallow answered the door that morning to let law enforcement in, and immediately said, “I’m sorry, self-defense.”

Swallow, 33, appeared in a Pennington County courtroom on Friday, visibly distraught as she entered an Alford plea.

By entering the plea, Swallow doesn’t admit guilt in the case, but instead acknowledges that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to convict her.

In exchange, the charge against her was modified from 2nd degree murder to 2nd degree manslaughter. The maximum sentence for 2nd degree manslaughter is 10 years in prison.

Swallow will appear in court for sentencing on September 9.

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