FARMINGTON Davis County prosecutors have filed a first-degree felony murder charge in connection with the stabbing death of a Bountiful woman.
Phillip Joseph Simmons, 35, was charged Tuesday with the slaying of Susanne Fry, 57. Prosecutors revealed new details about the murder in court papers, including a theory that Fry was killed during an argument over a meal. Simmons told police that the word "murder" flashed in his mind, he blacked out and when he woke up Fry was lying in a pool of blood.
According to a probable cause statement filed with the charges, police responded to Fry's apartment at 2135 S. Main Street around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, where Simmons had been living with Fry.
"Upon arrival, officers found the body of the victim lying in a pool of blood," Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings wrote. "Initial examination showed that the victim had been stabbed several times."
Bountiful police said Fry had been stabbed 51 times with a steak knife. Police allege that Simmons then destroyed her apartment, punching holes in walls, turning over a china hutch and smashing windows and mirrors.
Simmons was spotted a few minutes after the initial 911 call about noise. Officer David Suekawa stopped Simmons about two blocks north of Fry's home. Simmons told the officer he had been there, Rawlings wrote in charging papers.
"Defendant further told the officer that a lady has been murdered," he wrote.
Simmons was arrested. Police said he had blood on his hands and his T-shirt. Under questioning, Rawlings wrote that Simmons told officers he lived with Fry and "had done something bad."
"He further stated that he had fixed a plate of food and that an argument over the food had occurred and that in his mind he heard the word 'murder' and a knife came out and then he blacked out," Rawlings wrote. "When he came to, there was blood all over and the victim was lying on the floor."Simmons made his first appearance in 2nd District Court on Tuesday, where he was formally charged. During the appearance, Simmons appeared to mumbling to himself and chewing while he stared at the floor. He answered the clerk's questions quietly. Attorneys for both the prosecution and defense said it was apparent there were mental competency issues, leading the judge to order an evaluation by doctors. He remains in the Davis County Jail, where bail was set at $100,000. Member's of Fry's family were in the court room for the hearing. They looked anxious as Simmons was led in and out court. They declined comment to reporters afterward.
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