FARMINGTON -- A public defender said he has advised Shannon Ryan Sander not to discuss her murder case with anyone but her appointed attorney.
Sander, 43, of Bountiful, appeared in 2nd District Court for her first court appearance on Friday. Several of her family members were in the courtroom. She is charged with first-degree felony murder in the stabbing death of Michael Richard Dunn, 52, on Tuesday. If convicted, she could be sentenced to serve 15 years to life in the Utah State Prison.
She is being held in the Davis County Jail without bail. Another hearing is set for March 9.
Todd Utzinger was her attorney for Friday's hearing.
"I've advised (Sander) not to discuss this case with anyone but her attorney," Utzinger said. "I've heard some detectives have tried to talk to her, but she now has an attorney."
Utzinger asked Judge David Connors to appoint Mark Arrington to Sander's case. Utzinger said he did not discuss the specifics of the case with Sander because at one time he briefly represented Dunn.
According to the court website, Utzinger represented Dunn in 2010 for a driving under the influence charge. Dunn's case was sent to DUI court, from which he graduated Sept. 2, 2011.
Bountiful police arrested Sander early Wednesday morning after finding Dunn in his apartment with a stab wound in his torso late Tuesday night.
When police questioned Sander, she admitted to stabbing Dunn with a kitchen knife after an argument that lasted all day. Police believe alcohol might have played a role in the argument.