FARMINGTON — A 29-year-old man pleaded not guilty to charges connected with shooting his father in March.
Joseph Allen Nance entered the not guilty pleas on Monday in 2nd District Court. He is charged with first-degree felony murder and third-degree felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person.
Another hearing is set for Nov. 9 before Judge John Morris.
His attorney, Todd Utzinger, said he is trying to collect all of the medical records of Joseph Nance. Police said Nance shot his father, Gregory Nance at the Far West Motel in Kaysville following an argument.
Utzinger said after the hearing that he seeking “all of (Joseph Nance’s) medical history,” which includes physicals as well as mental reports.
“I need all the information I can about his background,” Utzinger said.
Utzinger also said, “It’s too early to make that decision,” about whether or not the case will go forward to a trial or if a plea is being considered.
Joseph Nance is being held in the Davis County Jail in lieu of a $1 million bail. He is also charged with third-degree felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person.
Police said Gregory Nance had kicked his ex-wife and their son out of the motel after they had been living with him. Joseph Nance went back to the motel and shot his father.
After searching all night for Joseph Nance, police found him in a makeshift shelter in Layton. Nance admitted to shooting his father and claimed self-defense, police said.