FARMINGTON - The attorney for a man convicted of murdering his wife will be allowed to hire an investigator and a specialist.
On Thursday, Jan. 23, 2nd District Court Judge Robert Dale signed orders allowing defense attorney Scott Wiggins to hire the two for the appeal case.
David Edward Drommond, 37, is serving a life sentence without the chance of parole for the 2005 death of his ex-wife Janeil Bradley.
Another hearing is scheduled for Feb. 6, when attorneys will decide when to set an evidentiary hearing in the 9-year-old case.
Drommond shot Bradley on Aug. 28, 2005 when she dropped off the couple’s two children, ages 2 and 3 for a court-ordered visitation. Her father Reid Bradley was also shot.
Drommond pleaded guilty to aggravated murder on Dec. 17, 2007 after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. Drommond was later sentenced to life without parole.
In 2012, the Utah Supreme Court remanded the case back to district court, asking the judge to rule on whether Drommond suffered adverse effects from the prescription drug Effexor that he had been taking for his bipolar disorder. The judge was also asked to look at if Drommond’s trial attorney provided “ineffective counsel” in not pursuing testimony on the effects of the drug on Drommond’s disorder.
The Utah Supreme Court heard arguments in 2012 about Drommond’s mental illness. At that hearing Wiggins argued jurors who decided Drommond’s fate should have heard of the effects of the drug.