A Layton man was arraigned Wednesday on attempted homicide charges for allegedly shooting his wife in the head and not seeking medical assistance for her for more than a week.
Donald R. Allen, 30, of 388 E. 2625 North, was arraigned on the second-degree felony charge in front of 2nd District Court Judge Douglas L. Cornaby. Arraignments are normally done in circuit court, but Layton 2nd Circuit Court Judge K. Roger Bean, along with the other circuit court judges in Davis County, is attending a judge's conference in Cedar City and was not available.Cornaby set an Aug. 12 preliminary hearing date, ordered Allen's bond set at $15,000, and transferred the case back to circuit court.
The victim was shot in the head July 23 with a large-caliber pistol, but the shooting was not reported and she was given medical attention at home until her conditioned worsened over the weekend.
According to Davis County Sheriff's Department investigators, Allen and his wife, Gwen, 31, quarreled on July 23 - some six days after they were married on her birthday. Capt. Bud Cox said the victim appeared to be recovering from the wound, but her condition suddenly worsened last weekend and Allen and his mother took her to Humana Hospital Davis North on Saturday - a week after the shooting.
The doctor on duty recognized the injury as a gunshot wound, notified police, and transferred the woman to McKay-Dee Hospital, Ogden, where she underwent surgery. Some bullet fragments were removed and she is listed in critical condition.
Donald Allen was arrested Wednesday afternoon by sheriff's department detectives and the arraignment scheduled in district court. The investigation is being handled by the sheriff's department because the house where the shooting occurred is in a pocket of unincorporated Davis County inside Layton's boundaries.
The judge also granted requests by Davis County prosecutor Carvel Harward for $15,000 bail and a stipulation that if Allen is released he not be allowed to visit his wife in the hospital, where she is on life support equipment, without another responsible person present.