FARMINGTON -- A judge set bail at $1 million for a man accused of shooting his father to death Saturday.
Judge David Connors set the bail in the first court hearing for Joseph Allen Nance, 28, of Roy.
Nance is charged with first-degree felony murder and third-degree felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person. He appeared wearing a red jumpsuit in 2nd District Court on Monday afternoon. Another hearing is set for Monday.
Nance is accused of shooting his father, Gregory Nance, 52, Saturday. Police found the older man's body inside a room at Far West Motel in Kaysville after receiving a call that someone had fired a gun.
Public defense attorney Michael Edwards asked the judge to reduce the bail, which was set at $100,000.
Deputy Davis County Attorney Steve Major asked the judge to set the bail at "no bail."
"This is a homicide case," Major said. "No.1, we're concerned Mr. Nance may be a danger to society due to his gang affiliations. No. 2, he's a flight risk."
Major said Nance has been charged in the past with assaults and terroristic threats.
Connors said he hesitates to set bail at "no bail," and he then set the bail at $1 million.
On Saturday, Joseph Nance had fled the scene after his father was shot multiple times. Police spent the night searching for Joseph Nance before finding him in a makeshift shelter in Layton early Sunday morning.
Police said Joseph Nance had been living in the motel with his father. Gregory Nance kicked his son and his ex-wife out of the motel, and Joseph Nance returned to the motel and shot him, police said.
Joseph Nance told police he shot his father in self- defense.
Police did not find the gun that was used to kill Gregory Nance. They are still searching for it, said Kaysville Police Lt. Kenton Pies.
Pies said the case is still under investigation. Anyone with information about the .22-caliber revolver should call police at 801-451-4150 and not touch the weapon.
According to the federal court website, Joseph Nance pleaded guilty in 2003 to a charge of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. In 2006, after violating his federal probation, he was sentenced to serve five months in Davis County Jail and five months home confinement under the direction of the U.S. Marshal, followed by a three-year federal probation.
A search of MySpace and Facebook shows Joseph Nance lists Layton as his home, and he writes about his struggles with methamphetamine addiction.