David Edward Drommond, 37, was in 2nd District Court on Thursday, where his appeals attorney said he wanted to hire an expert to testify about the adverse effects of the prescription drug his client was taking for bipolar disorder when he shot his ex-wife, Janeil Bradley.
Drommond shot Bradley when she dropped the couple’s two children, ages 2 and 3, at Drommond’s Bountiful home for a court-ordered visit. Her father Reid Bradley, who was with her at the time, was also shot, but survived.
Drommond pleaded guilty to aggravated murder on Dec. 17, 2007, after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. In 2008, Drommond was sentenced to life without parole.
The Utah Supreme Court heard arguments in April concerning Drommond’s mental state.
Wiggins told the judges that jurors who decided that Drommond should spend the rest of his life in prison should have heard about Effexor.
State supreme court judges remanded the case back to district court in July, asking the judge to rule on whether Drommond suffered adverse effects from Effexor and if his trial attorney provided “ineffective counsel,” when he did not hire an expert witness to testify on the possible effects of the drug, according to court documents.
Judge Robert Dale set an Oct. 3 date for another hearing. At that time, Wiggins is to let the judge know if he has received approval from the state’s Indigent Capital Defense Fund to hire an expert witness and an investigator to proceed with the appeal process.