FARMINGTON -- The lack of results from gun ballistics is holding up a murder case, but no one is blaming the state crime lab.
"The crime lab is understaffed, overworked and underfunded," said Todd Utzinger, defense attorney for Joseph Allen Nance.
Nance, 29, is charged with first-degree felony murder in the shooting death of his father, Gregory A. Nance, on March 19, 2011, at Far West Motel in Kaysville, following an argument. He also is charged with possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony.
He is being held in Davis County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
Nance told police he shot his father in self-defense.
Another hearing is set for March 26.
Utzinger said the crime lab has not sent the ballistics results to the prosecutors concerning a gun that was found in the area of the shooting but not at the crime scene.
A resident found a gun Oct. 31, 2011, in the hollows north of where Far West Motel was located. The motel has since been demolished. The gun matched the description of the weapon police were told was used in the shooting.
It has been sent to the crime lab to determine if it is the gun Nance used.
Also, the woman police said helped Nance hide from police has a court hearing on March 5.
Karla Jean Puffpaff, 47, of Layton, is charged with second-degree felony obstruction of justice. She has pleaded not guilty to the charge. Police said Puffpaff picked up Nance on Mutton Hollow Road shortly after he killed his father.
She provided Nance with supplies and drove him to an underground bunker in Layton, where police found him March 20, 2011.