FARMINGTON -- Defense attorney Mark Arrington said he may file a motion claiming his client stabbed her friend in self-defense.
Shannon Ryan Sander, 44, is charged with first-degree felony murder for the stabbing death of Michael Dunn, 55, on Feb. 21, 2012, in his Bountiful apartment.
Sander is being held in Davis County Jail on no bail.
After court, Arrington said he is considering filing the motion to let prosecutors know the defense will claim Sander stabbed Dunn in self-defense.
"We are getting the evidence and basing the motion on the possible scenarios revealed by Dr. (Edward) Leis at the preliminary hearing," Arrington said.
Another hearing is set for April 23. No dates for a trial have been set.
Leis, the state deputy chief medical examiner, said at the preliminary hearing in September that Dunn had only one stab wound, which was in the chest. It went through the rib cage, nicked the lung and punctured the right pumping chamber of the heart.
A toxicology test showed that Dunn's blood alcohol level was 0.23 at the time of his death.
Several officers testified at the preliminary hearing that Sander told them the reason she stabbed Dunn was because "he pissed her off" because he kept groping her.
Sander told police she and Dunn had known each other for 12 years and for the last six years their relationship had been platonic, but on that day Dunn wanted more from her than she wanted.
Arrington had said the relationship between Dunn and Sander had been "tumultuous" over the years.