Nance's attorney withdraws from murder case

May 2 2011 - 11:41pm

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Joseph Nance appears in 2nd District Court in Farmington on Monday.
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Joseph Nance appears in 2nd District Court in Farmington on Monday.

FARMINGTON -- One public defender has withdrawn from a murder case, while another could leave if a conflict is found.

Ronald S. Fujino withdrew as the public defender for Joseph Allen Nance, 28, who is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his father, Gregory Nance, on March 19 at the Far West Motel in Kaysville.

Nance appeared in 2nd District Court on Monday before Judge David Connors, who appointed Todd Utzinger as Nance's public defender and set May 13 for another hearing.

Utzinger said most of the public defenders, including Fujino, have represented potential witnesses for the prosecution in cases unrelated to the shooting.

"I just learned this morning I may (also) have a potential conflict," Utzinger said.

He said he also received 200 pages of documents to review for the case. He will know within the next week if he, too, has a conflict, such as representing one of the witnesses for the prosecution in an unrelated case.

If there is a conflict, the judge will have to assign another public defender for Nance.

"At this point, I will not do anything substantive with this case until I am certain there is no conflict," Utzinger said.

Nance is in Davis County Jail on $1 million bail.

He was arrested March 20 in Layton after police spent the night looking for him.

Police said Nance had returned to the motel March 19 after Gregory Nance had kicked out his ex-wife and Joseph Nance.

Police found Gregory Nance with multiple gunshot wounds. Police said Joseph Nance told them he shot his father in self-defense.

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