FARMINGTON -- Prosecutors are ready to move forward on the case against a man accused of fatally shooting his father in March.
Joseph Allen Nance, 28, appeared Friday in 2nd District Court. He is charged with first-degree felony murder and third-degree felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person.
Nance was arrested by Kaysville police and booked in Davis County Jail on $1 million bail after police were called to the Far West Motel on March 19. There, police found the body of Gregory Nance, 52, who had been shot.
Nance's attorney, Todd Utzinger, said he is "getting close" to having reviewed all of the reports and evidence.
Another hearing has been set for June 24.
Deputy Davis County Attorney Brandon Poll said he spoke with family members who were there for Gregory Nance and told them his office is ready to move forward.
Gregory Nance's daughters, Charity Green and Lacey Nance, said after the hearing that the next week with Father's Day coming up is going to be difficult.
Father's Day lands on the three-month anniversary of Nance's death.
"I just can't imagine what we're going to do," Green said. "I feel like my brother is getting the easy ride, while we're all going through this pain."
The two women have not only grieved the loss of their father, but also of their brother.
"When (Joseph Nance) pulled that trigger, he died, too," Lacey Nance said of her older brother. "He killed an entire family."
"He took a part of all of us," Green said.
Each said they do not believe their brother's statement to police that he shot their father in self-defense.
Police said Gregory Nance had kicked his ex-wife and their son out of the motel where they had been living. When Joseph Nance went back to get their things, he shot his father, they said.
Joseph Nance is a convicted felon and was not supposed to be carrying a gun.
"We don't want my brother to get away with what he did," Green said.
Joseph Nance "threw his life away. He took my dad's life, and he needs to pay for what he's done," she said.
"I just hope prosecutors don't consider the self-defense plea."
Green said that, even though "we've had a hard life, we're much stronger."