The preliminary hearing for a former state legislative candidate facing two drug-related felony charges was continued Monday in Layton 2nd Circuit Court to correct the dates on the charges against him and to forward more information to his defense attorney.
The first witness in Monday's hearing on charges against Randy T. Tippets, 40, Ogden, had barely begun answering questions when objections registered by defense attorney David Knowlton brought the hearing to a close.Knowlton pointed out the dates listed on the two offenses are apparently incorrect and said the county attorney's office had not complied with his motion for disclosure of evidence against Tippets.
Prosecutor Brian Namba, after rechecking the documents in the case file, agreed.
Tippets is charged with possession of a controlled substance and failure to keep required pharmaceutical records, both third-degree felonies that carry a prison term.
According to court records, Tippets was working as a pharmacist in a Layton supermarket when shortages of Didrex, an amphetamine used as a diet pill to suppress appetite, were discovered.
Tippets was the Republican candidate for the District 9 House seat against incumbent John Arrington, D-Ogden, when the charges were filed Oct. 13. He subsequently lost to Arrington.