A California man charged with trying to hire an undercover detective to kill his ex-wife will undergo further mental evaluations following an second apparent suicide attempt.
Terry M. Dexter, 43, was scheduled for trial Wednesday, Feb. 6, on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, aggravated burglary, and aggravated assault. He did not appear at a pretrial hearing Tuesday because of what defense attorney Scott Holt said was a second suicide attempt in the Davis County Jail.Judge Rodney S. Page continued the trial date and ordered a mental evaluation for Dexter. Dexter underwent testing last fall at the state mental hospital in Provo, where it was determined he is competent to stand trial and participate in his defense.
Dexter is charged with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, in an Oct. 9 incident in which prosecutors say he forced his way at gunpoint into the Layton home of his ex-wife, Christine, and assaulted her.
While being held in the county jail, Dexter allegedly told fellow inmates he wanted to arrange to have his wife killed. Sheriff's department detectives in December arranged to have an undercover agent contact Dexter and when a deal was made, charged him with conspiracy to commit murder, also a first-degree felony.
Holt said Tuesday in court that Dexter was prepared to plead guilty and mentally ill to the three charges, but the change of plea hearing could not be held because Dexter could not appear in court. With the concurrence of prosecutor Carvel Harward, Page then ordered a second mental evaluation.
Dexter faces two prison terms of five years to life on the conspiracy to commit murder and aggravated burglary charges and a term of zero to five years on the aggravated assault charge.