FARMINGTON -- Suzanne Fry's 600 teddy bears, which she collected over the years, were donated to Primary Children's Medical Center after she was slain.
Her family made the donation in her honor.
For almost six years, at least one of Fry's family members has attended the court hearings for Phillip Simmons, who has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 57-year-old Bountiful woman's death.
"We need to protect those who can't protect themselves," said Kathy Redd, a sister-in-law of Fry, about why they attend the court hearings.
On Tuesday, Judge David Connors canceled the weeklong trial that was scheduled in December, at the request of the attorneys. They are waiting for a report to be submitted by psychologist Vickie Gregory. The report will have her findings on whether Simmons was mentally competent almost six years ago at the time he allegedly stabbed Fry 51 times.
A status hearing is set for Jan. 2.
After Tuesday's hearing for Simmons in 2nd District Court, Redd described Fry as "the sweetest, most loving person, and Phillip Simmons took advantage of her."
Redd, who recently learned to knit, worked on a scarf in the courtroom. The cream-colored yarn was some the family found in Fry's apartment after her death.
"She loved to knit," Redd said.
The family donated boxes of yarn Fry had collected to the LDS Humanitarian Center. Redd said many of Fry's completed knitted projects were given to her nieces and nephews.
"Suzanne played the piano, and she loved to read and do crossword puzzles," Redd said. "She was a loving, loyal sister, daughter and aunt. We miss her incredibly."
Fry, who was disabled, held down a job, "which she loved," Redd said.
Redd said the family got an apartment for Fry and helped her be independent.
"We took care of her and tried to shelter her," Redd said.
But Fry was always willing to help those in need, including Simmons, who was homeless.
Redd said the family was prepared to attend a weeklong trial that was scheduled to run the week before Christmas.
"Mercy cannot rob justice and justice has to be served," Redd said. "Phillip Simmons has issues, too. We just have to protect society."
Simmons had been sent several times to the Utah State Hospital, where doctors worked to restore his competency so he could go to trial.
At one point, his attorney, Mark Arrington, had Simmons tested to see what role a brain injury played in Simmons' actions in 2008. Doctors learned a horse had kicked Simmons in the head when he was 15 years old.
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