Bountiful stabbing murder trial delayed again

Friday , March 28, 2014 - 1:06 PM

Loretta Park, Standard-Examiner Staff

FARMINGTON — A judge has granted one final continuance for a jury trial in a murder case that has lasted two years.

Judge David Connors told the defense attorney in a hearing Tuesday morning for Shannon Ryan Sander, this was it.

“This is the last continuance the judge is allowing because the victims are anxious to get it going and the state is anxious to get it going,” said Deputy Davis County Attorney Steve Major.

Defense attorney Mark Arrington told the judge he needs more time to talk to new witnesses and experts for his case.

Arrington has said that there were new witnesses who have come forward who could help his client.

A status hearing is set for April 15. The week-long jury trial is scheduled to run from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3.

A jury trial had been slated to run from March 31 to April 4.

Sander, 45, is accused of stabbing Michael Dunn, 55, on Feb. 21, 2012, in his Bountiful apartment. She claimed it was in self-defense.

Several officers testified at a preliminary hearing in September 2012 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.

Sander had been staying at Dunn’s apartment.

At the preliminary hearing, Dr. Edward Leis, the state deputy chief medical examiner, said Dunn had one stab wound, 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.

Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE.

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