More Money OK'd For SD Murder Suspect Defense
by Associated Press
November 01, 2011 8:15 AM
A judge has agreed to double the money for a private investigator who is helping in the defense of a Yankton man accused of killing his girlfriend.
Judge Glen Eng previously had approved $2,500 for the private investigator. The judge on Monday approved another $2,500 but also ordered a report on the detective's charges.
The detective is helping in the defense of Nicholas Hines, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to first-degree murder. Authorities accuse him of shooting and killing 25-year-old Brianna Knoll and then shooting himself on April 9. Hines is to undergo a psychiatric evaluation on Dec. 7 and is due back in court
next Jan. 23.