Hauck, 20, is accused of the 2006 death of his mother, Laura Hauck, 52, who was shot to death and her body placed in a freezer inside the Bountiful condominium she shared with her son.
Hauck was in the courtroom at a hearing last week, where a report from the hospital revealed physicians there feel he needs further evaluation, including checking the “autism spectrum” to see if he suffers from that disorder.
Hauck’s attorney Todd Utzinger said that Hauck, who had been a good student in high school, could still suffer from autism, which is a complex disorder.
While the report indicated the young man has made some progress since being admitted to the hospital, Utzinger said doctors are also examining him for schizoaffective disorder.
Utzinger said Hauck has been unable to participate in his defense, because he cannot communicate. He said if a fair trial is to occur he needs Hauck’s input, “and so far, that’s not been possible.”
Weekend purse snatcher sought
BOUNTIFUL — Police here are asking for the public’s help in catching a suspect who tried to steal a woman’s purse over the weekend at Smith’s Marketplace.
On Saturday evening, just before 8 p.m. a woman approached a female shopper in the parking lot of the store, 555 S. 200 West, took the victim’s purse and ran to her car. The victim followed and had a struggle with the suspect,inside the suspect’s vehicle, but the victim was able to recover her purse, according to Bountiful Police Cpl. Dave Edwards.
The suspect then fled in a 2001-2005 white Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban, with a partial license plate of 495 or 485, Edwards said.
As the suspect fled, she nearly struck the victim, and then hit two cars in the parking lot. The suspect’s vehicle may have minor damage to the front end.
The suspect is described as white, in her mid-to-late 30s, with shoulder length dark hair. She is wanted for strong arm robbery and hit and run.
Anyone with information is asked to call Bountiful police at 801-298-6000.