FARMINGTON -- A preliminary hearing for a man who police said shot his live-in girlfriend in the leg was delayed because she wants to have an attorney.
Brian Lane Harris, 24, of Layton, appeared in 2nd District Court on Wednesday. He is charged with second-degree felony discharge of a firearm with injury; class A misdemeanor failure to stop at the command of police; class B misdemeanor commission of domestic violence; third-degree felony aggravated assault; and third-
degree felony obstructing justice.
The first two charges stem from a March 21, 2012, incident in which police said Harris shot Kayla Lane, his live-in girlfriend. The last three charges pertain to a domestic violence incident at the same location in February 2012.
Harris' attorney, Rudy J. Bautista, said he and prosecutors do not know if the woman has spoken to an attorney since Aug. 19, when a preliminary hearing was scheduled. That hearing was canceled so Lane could speak to an attorney before she testifies as a witness in court. Another preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 25.
Harris was found competent to stand trial in July. He had been sent to the Utah State Hospital in February. Harris had been shot in the head by a police officer who responded to the 911 call on March 21, 2012. The officer was subsequently cleared by the Davis County Attorney's Office.
Layton dispatch received a call March 21, 2012, from a neighbor of Harris. The caller told dispatchers a woman was screaming and, while on the phone, the caller reported hearing what sounded like a gunshot. The caller then told dispatchers a white car had left the area at a high rate of speed.
While officers were arriving at the scene, they received a call that a 22-year-old woman was at a local hospital with a gunshot wound to her leg. That woman was later identified as Lane.
A Layton officer deployed a Taser two times at Harris who was outside his home on March 21, 2012, police said. The first attempt missed Harris, and the second did not stop him.
The officers were concerned that Harris, who had already reportedly shot one person, was headed back inside the home to get a gun or may have had a gun on him, police said.
The handgun was later found in a neighbor's yard.
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