FARMINGTON -- The defense attorney for the man who stabbed and shot his mother filed a motion seeking an insanity plea.
Todd Utzinger filed the motion in 2nd District Court on Thursday on behalf of Jeremy Jacob Hauck, who is now 23. Hauck is charged with first-degree felony murder in the death of his mother, Laura Hauck, 51, on Aug. 4, 2006, in Bountiful.
On Monday in court, Utzinger said he wants his client to stay at the Utah State Hospital to continue the medication he is receiving.
Another hearing is set for March 26. Family members of Laura Hauck were in court but declined to comment after the hearing.
After court, Utzinger said the law requires him to file a motion, called a "notice of alibi reason of insanity" in order for Hauck to be evaluated by analysts, who will determine if Hauck was mentally competent at the time of his mother's death.
"It's not a who-done-it case, but why did he do it?" Utzinger said.
Deputy Davis County Attorney Steve Major said if analysts determine Hauck was not mentally competent at the time of his mother's death, prosecutors can choose to rebut the results and present the case before a judge or a jury.
Hauck is accused of shooting his mother twice, slitting her throat and then putting her body in a freezer in their condominium, where it was found Aug. 7, 2006. Hauck was 18 at the time.
In January 2011, Judge John Morris signed an order requiring the state hospital personnel to force medication for Hauck, in order to restore mental competency so he can stand trial.
Utzinger said Hauck is still considered mentally incompetent to stand trial.
Major said it would not be in the best interest of Hauck to be transported to the jail, because there is a chance he could not receive the medication.