FARMINGTON -- A jury trial set for a man police say stabbed a Bountiful woman 51 times looks like it may go ahead, attorneys say.
Phillip Joseph Simmons, 39, who is charged with first-degree felony murder, appeared Tuesday in 2nd District Court in Farmington.
The four-day trial is set to begin Feb. 6.
Defense attorney Mark Arrington plans to give a report from his expert witness, Dr. Vickie Gregory, to prosecutors within the next few weeks, said Davis County Deputy Attorney Steve Major.
The report has Gregory's opinion on whether she believes Simmons was mentally competent at the time of the stabbing Jan. 20, 2008.
Major said prosecutors will review the report before deciding if they want a different opinion before the trial begins.
Police said Simmons stabbed Suzanne Fry 51 times with a steak knife in her Bountiful apartment after the two argued about food she had prepared.