FARMINGTON — Both the defense attorney and prosecutor for a man accused of stabbing a Bountiful woman 51 times in January 2008, are concerned about his mental health.
A judge has ordered two new mental health evaluations.
Phillip Simmons, 40, was in court earlier this week, where his attorney, Mark Arrington said he has filed his intention to seek an insanity plea for his client.
Simmons is charged with first-degree felony murder for the death of Suzanne Fry, of Bountiful, whom he allegedly stabbed in her apartment during a fight over food, on Jan. 20, 2008.
Arrington told 2nd District Judge David Connors that he’s heard that Simmons is having increasing problems with both written and verbal communication, calling into question his client’s mental state.
Deputy Davis County Attorney Rick Westmoreland said he is also concerned that Simmons is slipping and may not be able to stand trial.
Simmons was found incompetent to proceed in April 2008 and was sent to the Utah State Hospital in September 2009, where he stayed for 18 months, according to court documents.
Several trial dates have been set since, but have been cancelled because of Simmons’ mental state.
Another hearing will be held June 5.
Local man arrested Saturday
FARMINGTON — Police arrested a 75-year-old man after they were contacted by the Division of Child and Family Services.
LeeRoy Fry, of Farmington was arrested Saturday after Farmington Police received a call from the state agency reporting that Fry allegedly sexually abused three girls, ages 7, 11 and 14.
Fry is being held in the Davis County Jail on $250,000 bail.
Police are still investigating the case.
Police shoot suspect
LAYTON— Layton police shot an unarmed man the night of March 21 after he allegedly shot his live-in girlfriend’s leg in front of their two children.
On Friday, police identified the man as Brian Harris, 22. The injured woman was identified as Kayla Lane, also 22.
According to the latest reports from police, Harris remains unconscious.
Police were called to the Quail Ridge Mobile Home Park, 935 E. Highway 193, about 9:40 p.m. on reports by neighbors of a woman screaming, according to Layton Police Lt. Garrett Atkin.
He said police learned the woman was at a local hospital being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. They also learned the children were still in the home.
When police arrived at the scene, the suspect exited the home, carrying no weapons.
However, Atkin said, he turned to go back inside. Officers tried to taser him twice, but it was ineffective.
Atkin said fearing for the safety of the children, and wanting to keep the man from getting a weapon, an officer fired several rounds at him.
The man was breathing, but unconscious when he was taken to the hospital.
The woman was treated and released from the hospital.
Teen dies after car hits him
FARMINGTON — A 16-year-old boy was killed Tuesday evening as he was walking his bike through a crosswalk.
Andrew Tolman, of Farmington died en route to the hospital after he was struck by a car in a crosswalk at 400 West State Street about 6 p.m., said Farmington Police Chief Wayne Hansen.
The teen was walking his bike south in a crosswalk when he was hit by the westbound vehicle driven by a 29-year-old female, Hansen said.
The teen was taken by air ambulance to the University of Utah Medical Center, with severe head trauma, but died on the way, Hansen said.
The chief said the accident is still under investigation.
Police track suspect
WOODS CROSS — Police have arrested the man they say is the second suspect in a Woods Cross computer store robbery that happened March 5.
And they’re crediting Facebook with helping them track down the suspect.
Brandon R. Medell, 33, of Syracuse, was arrested last week and booked into the Davis County Jail on suspicion of burglary and criminal mischief.
Woods Cross Police say they used the social media site to link Medell to Jeremy Blair, 26, of Kaysville, who turned himself in to police after his father recognized him on surveillance video taken at StarWest Computers and aired on local media outlets.
While investigating a business robbery in Tooele, police attempted to pull over an Audi.
The driver sped off, but officers later found the car abandoned.
They discovered it belonged to Medell.
Police then found Medell’s name linked to Blair’s through Facebook.
Kaysville man pleads guilty
FARMINGTON — An 18-year-old Kaysville man has pleaded guilty to choking his 5-year-old nephew.
He will be sentenced April 25. Dustin Harley Christensen-Day pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree felony child abuse last week in 2nd District Court.
Christensen-Day was arrested March 5 after he told police he had tried to strangle the boy twice. Police at the scene saw bruising around the throat, according to a court document.
Christensen-Day told officers he had been obsessed with hurting others and is suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts. He was originally charged with two counts of second-degree felony child abuse. The young man could be sentenced to serve up to five years in the Utah state Prison.