FARMINGTON -- An attorney for a man who shot his ex-wife said he has submitted the paperwork to the Indigent Capital Defense Fund Board to have it pay for a specialist.
But the defense board meets quarterly and its next scheduled meeting is in April, which is not acceptable, said Scott Wiggins, the attorney for David Edward Drommond Jr.
Drommond, 38, of Bountiful, appeared before Judge Robert Dale in 2nd District Court on Thursday. He is serving a life sentence without parole at the Utah State Prison for aggravated murder in the 2005 death of his ex-wife, Janeil Bradley.
Wiggins told Dale that he explained to the board it needs to meet sooner to expedite the paperwork.
Dale set March 20 for another hearing.
Wiggins wants to hire a specialist to review the case to determine if medication Drommond was taking in 2005 for his bipolar disorder could have contributed to the incident.
The Utah Supreme Court remanded the 9-year-old case back to the district court in July 2012 asking the judge to make a ruling on two issues, according to court documents. The first one is on whether Drommond suffered any adverse effects from Effexor, a prescription medication he was taking for a bipolar disorder. The second issue is to determine if his trial attorney provided "ineffective counsel" when he did not "investigate and present expert testimony regarding the possible effects of Effexor" on Drommond's bipolar disorder.
The state Supreme Court justices heard arguments in April 2012 concerning Drommond's mental illnesses. Wiggins said at the April hearing the jurors who decided that Drommond should spend the rest of his life in prison should have heard about Effexor.
Drommond shot Bradley when she dropped off their two children, ages 2 and 3 at the time, for a court-ordered visitation Aug. 28, 2005. Her father, Reid Bradley, also was shot.
Drommond pleaded guilty to aggravated murder Dec. 17, 2007, after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. In 2008, a 12-member jury said Drommond should serve life without parole.
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