FARMINGTON -- The father of the man who was stabbed to death is grateful the case is finally going to trial.
"This is a jury trial case," said Richard Q. Dunn, father of Michael Dunn. "I'm just happy it's going to trial."
Michael Dunn, 55, died of stab wounds Feb. 21, 2012, in his Bountiful apartment. Police said Shannon Ryan Sander, 44, stabbed Dunn during a fight.
Sander, who is charged with first-degree felony murder, appeared Tuesday in 2nd District Court.
Judge David Connors scheduled a jury trial to begin Nov. 18 and end Nov. 22. A final pretrial conference is set for Sept. 16.
"We have not been able to resolve this favorably," said public defense attorney Mark Arrington.
Sander is being held in Davis County Jail on no bail.
Arrington has said he is considering filing a motion to let prosecutors know the defense will claim Sander stabbed Dunn in self-defense.
At a preliminary hearing in September, Dr. Edward Leis, the state deputy chief medical examiner, said 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 she stabbed Dunn 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 than she wanted to give.
Arrington had said the relationship between Dunn and Sander had been "tumultuous" over the years.