A 19-year-old suburban Chicago man accused of stabbing a woman more than 20 times outside of movie theater will be evaluated by a court-funded psychologist before his next court appearance.
Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes approved funding to have a psychologist interview Daniel Dion of Des Plaines in jail and prepare a mental health evaluation.
The Chicago Tribune reports Dion told the judge he would cooperate with the psychologist.
The funding was requested because Dion cannot afford a privately funded evaluation.
Dion has pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated battery for allegedly stabbing 24-year-old Katherine King of Vernon Hills with a 4-inch, serrated combat knife outside of a Deer Park movie theater.
Lake County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Century Theater at 21600 W. Field Pkwy. in Deer Park about 8:45 p.m. Jan. 9 where they found a woman suffering from multiple stab wounds, a statement from the sheriff’s office said.
The victim, a 24-year-old Vernon Hills woman, was stabbed more than 20 times. She suffered “lacerations to her face and neck as well as both lungs being punctured,” police said.
A short time later, police arrested Daniel J. Dion, 18, of Des Plaines, who was treated at another hospital for cuts on his hands, and then arrested, police said.
Police said Dion “confessed to attacking [the victim] while inside her vehicle in the parking lot of the theater.”
Dion told detective “he woke up in the morning with the intent to kill King because she annoyed him,” police said.
Detectives told NBC Chicago’s Katie Kim the suspect said he was thinking about killing someone for a while and "today, it was going to be her."