Rapid City woman accused of stabbing her nephew to death pleads not guilty

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The woman accused of stabbing her nephew to death pleaded not guilty in Pennington County court Friday.

Lorraine Swallow is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Tyrell Bull Bear and faces life in prison if convicted.

Swallow claims self-defense is what led her to stab her nephew multiple times after he allegedly tried to fight her.

Multiple witnesses have previously recounted what happened. READ WITNESS STATEMENTS HERE

Swallow’s attorney, Angela Colbath, said in court Friday that she has a “couple dozen hours” worth of audio/video to review with her client. Based on Swallow’s criminal history prior to the events on Dec. 8, Colbath requested a bond reduction to $10,000 cash or surety.

Her bond was ultimately altered from $100,000 cash only to $100,000 cash or surety bond after swallow’s parents offered to take her in on several terms.

Judge Matthew Brown set the terms as Swallow must sign a waiver of extradition, wear an electronic monitor, and not consume alcohol.

Colbath says she anticipates this trial to be a multi-day trial, possibly a week.

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