The first witness had barely started answering questions in Monday's preliminary hearing on two drug-related felony charges against a former state legislative candidate when objection by the defense brought the hearing to an early close.

The hearing was continued Monday in Layton 2nd Circuit Court to allow for the correction of dates on charges against Randy T. Tippets, 40, Ogden, and to forward more information to his attorney, David Knowlton.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 re-examining the documents in the case file, agreed the dates need correcting and stated that some of the investigative reports he will rely on to prosecute Tippets arrived only a few days ago and that his office hasn't had time to copy and forward them to Knowlton.

Judge K. Roger Bean granted Namba's motion for a continuance but did not set a new court date.

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 of zero-to-five years.

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 in August and September of this year.

A petition filed by the state's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, which oversees pharmacists, states more than 2,100 doses of the prescription drug are unaccounted for during the six months Tippets worked at the pharmacy.

The petition filed by the state agency seeking to revoke Tippets' license resulted in the charges being filed, according to Layton police.

Tippets was the Republican candidate for the District 9 House seat against incumbent John Arrington, D-Ogden, when charges were filed against him Oct. 13. He subsequently lost the November election to Arrington, 3,408 votes to 1,708 votes.