OGDEN -- In addition to revoking bail for the man accused of shooting his father-in-law in church on Father's Day, a judge agreed Monday to a defense request for his psychiatric examination.
Charles Richard "Ricky" Jennings Jr., 35, is charged with attempted murder and two counts each of aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, all first-degree felonies, plus possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony.
Police and parishioners say Jennings fired one shot into the back of the head of 66-year-old James Evans during a Mass at St. James the Just Catholic Church on the north end of Harrison Boulevard on June 16.
Evans survived and Jennings fled, stealing a truck, according to the allegations, which ran out of gas in Box Elder County, where police caught up with him.
"His stated reason to police as to why he did it was that he felt disrespected," Deputy Weber County Attorney Dean Saunders told 2nd District Judge Michael Lyon in asking for no bail for Jennings. Bail had been set at $105,000.
Saunders also said he has had more phone calls on this case than any other he has worked on.
The church, he said, was full of witnesses to the shooting, "and many fear that if he is released, they or their family could be in danger."
Jennings' public defender Mike Bouwhuis said Jennings may be suffering from brain damage from an accident about 10 years ago. After the hearing, he said Jennings' family says he struck his head on cement in a bicycle mishap and was briefly hospitalized.
"They say he hasn't been the same since," said Bouwhuis in an interview.
Bouwhuis in court told the judge Jennings made some bizarre remarks to police to the effect he was under some kind of hypnosis during the shooting at the church.
Judge Lyon granted the request for the psych probe, allowing 60 days to complete it, twice the normal time. Bouwhuis asked for the extra examination because the two doctors appointed are to check for organic brain damage, not just competency to stand trial.
A status conference was set for Sept. 9.
Jennings admitted to the shooting to arresting officers, according to charging documents filed in court.
"Jennings told me he pulled his gun from (his) front waistband and shot a round towards Jim's head," reads a probable cause affidavit written by Ogden detective Darren Goff. "Jennings said, 'I thought I missed.'"
The aggravated burglary and robbery charges stem from alleged attempts to commandeer vehicles at gunpoint at two homes after fleeing the church.