Six years after alleged murder, Hauck defense seeks time for mental evaluation

Jun 4 2012 - 6:32pm

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Jeremy Jacob Hauck
Jeremy Jacob Hauck

FARMINGTON -- Jeremy Jacob Hauck on Monday made his first court appearance in three years, since he was committed to the Utah State Hospital.

The last time Hauck, 24, appeared in 2nd District Court was Jan. 29, 2009, for a mental competency hearing, according to the court website.

Hauck is charged with first-degree felony murder in the death of his mother, Laura Hauck, 51, on Aug. 4, 2006, in Bountiful.

Hauck was transported from the hospital, where he is being treated for several mental disorders, and was booked in Davis County Jail on Friday.

Public defender Todd Utzinger said he had Hauck transported "because it's been awhile since he was in court."

Hauck will return to the hospital.

Regarding Hauck's mental competency at the time his mother was killed, Utzinger told Judge David R. Morris that he and prosecutors need more time to get the mental evaluations completed.

Hauck is accused of shooting his mother twice, slitting her throat and putting her body in a freezer in their condominium. The body was found Aug. 7, 2006.

Utzinger told Morris more time is needed for evaluators to decide if Hauck was mentally competent at the time of his mother's death, when Hauck was 18.

Utzinger filed a motion in February stating that he planned to seek the insanity plea for Hauck.

A mental evaluator contacted by the Davis County Attorney's Office declined to do the mental evaluation.

"We're not sure why she declined," Utzinger said.

The prosecutors hire an evaluator and the defense attorney hires another evaluator. If they disagree about Hauck's mental state at the time of the crime, then a third evaluator is required.

Utzinger said the mental evaluator his office hired needs more time to review the packet prosecutors have compiled, as well as time to meet with Hauck, test him and interview him.

Morris signed an order in January 2011 requiring state hospital personnel to force medication for Hauck in order to restore mental competency so he can stand trial.

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