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Mar 25, 2012 1:53 PM by Sharlee Barriere/photo courtesy of AP

Lake Charles Woman Held in Husband's Death

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Calcasieu Parish judge has ordered a mental evaluation for a Lake Charles woman charged with second-degree murder of her husband.
Judge Clayton Davis stopped a motions hearing Friday and said nothing more would be heard until the examination of 52-year-old Darlene Sias was completed, The American Press reported (
Darlene Sias was arrested on Dec. 22. She reported her husband's death at about 7 a.m. on Dec. 21, and deputies found Joseph Sias dead in their home.
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office officials say the killing likely stemmed from a domestic dispute.
Prosecutor Carla Sigler said Sias pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, entitling the state to request a sanity evaluation. She said the issues of sanity at the time of the offense and competency to stand trial must be decided before taking up any pretrial motions.
Sias' attorney, King Alexander, said Friday that he intended to ask the judge to suppress a blood sample he claims was illegally obtained from his client.
No trial date has been scheduled.
The judge ordered a mental evaluation within 15 days, with results to submitted to the court by April 30.


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