PROVO Prosecutors have one month to take a drug-overdose death case to trial or resolve it otherwise.
Police are still investigating the case of Traci Sorenson, 45, who faces an amended charge of abuse of a vulnerable or elderly adult. Her daughter, Kaydie Sorenson, 26, died May 4, 2007, in Traci Sorenson's home.
Prosecutor Donna Kelly recently amended the charge from manslaughter after she received new information from witnesses about what happened on the day Kaydie Sorenson died.
Police said that Kaydie Sorenson had come to her mother's home in Pleasant Grove with a just-filled prescription for oxycodone pills. She also had a number of alprazolam tablets.
Later that evening, Traci Sorenson found her daughter unconscious on the couch with an empty pill bottle beside her, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in 4th District Court.
After moving her daughter and trying to wake her up, Traci Sorenson went to sleep and by the morning, her daughter had passed away, police said.
Because the new charge is a misdemeanor, the prosecutors don't have to have a preliminary hearing outlining their evidence.
However, defense attorney Randy Spencer has requested a "bill of particulars," which would explain the state's case and allow him to prepare a defense.
Kelly said the police officer assigned to the case has had a difficult time tracking people down, but recently got a number from the defense attorney and another witness who showed up in court Thursday, so the investigation should proceed more quickly now.
Judge Gary Stott told the attorneys they had until Sept. 25 at 8:30 a.m. to set the case for trial or resolve it.