Bench trial to determine Hauck's mental state when he killed his mother

Sep 10 2012 - 8:26pm



FARMINGTON -- A three-day bench trial has been set to determine if Jeremy Jacob Hauck was insane when he killed his mother six years ago.

Hauck, now 24, appeared in 2nd District Court on Monday before Judge David R. Morris. He was transported from the Utah State Hospital and booked in Davis County Jail on Friday. He will return to the hospital, where he is being treated for several mental disorders, until the trial, which is set to run from Dec. 19 to Dec. 21.

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 18 years old at the time.

Hauck is accused of shooting his mother twice, slitting her throat and putting her body in a freezer in their condominium. Her body was found by police on Aug. 7, 2006, after family members called and said they had not heard from her.

Family members of Laura Hauck were in the courtroom.

Public defender Todd Utzinger, who represents Jeremy Hauck, said the bench trial will determine if his client was mentally competent at the time of Laura Hauck's death.

If the judge rules that Hauck was insane, then another hearing will be held at that time to determine if Hauck is currently a "danger to himself or to society," Utzinger said.

If the judge rules that Hauck is a danger, Hauck could be sentenced to serve the rest of his life in the state hospital.

Deputy Davis County Attorney David Cole said prosecutors may seek an additional mental evaluation done on Hauck prior to the trial.

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