Man Accused Of Murdering Mother, Stuffing Her In Freezer Could Be Discharged Soon

Jun 14, 2019, 6:15 AM | Updated: 6:16 am

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah — Relatives said they were reassured Jeremy Hauck would never be a free man again.

That was in 2013, after Hauck had been found not guilty by reason of insanity in the murder of his mother, Laura — whose body was discovered in 2006 stuffed inside a freezer in her Bountiful townhome.

He was instead committed to the Utah State Hospital.

Laura Hauck

Laura Hauck

Last month, however, family members learned Hauck could soon be discharged, under a plan that would send him to Washington to live with his father and step-mother.

“I wouldn’t feel safe with Jeremy out on the streets again, and I don’t know if anyone should,” said Faye Garlock, Laura’s sister and Jeremy’s aunt. “I just don’t have any part of me that feels he’s safe to be out.”

Court documents from May 20 noted a request to discharge Hauck and a ‘transitional plan to facilitate his move to Washington.’

“The State Hospital needs to provide a more detailed written plan to explain what will be in place in Washington to monitor Mr. Hauck and make sure he has support in place that needs to be there, particularly for the medication issues,” one document read.

A hearing was also scheduled in Farmington on June 24 to review Hauck’s commitment.

Hauck’s attorney, Todd Utzinger, acknowledged Thursday evening that a plan was in the works to send the man to live with his father and stepmother in Washington, but he expected the process to take longer than a couple weeks for Hauck to be discharged.

“He is prepared to stand on his own,” Utzinger said.

Utzinger said Hauck recently has seen significant progress in his treatment for delusional schizophrenia.

“It’s been a long haul,” Utzinger said. “The illnesses that he had—had they been detected earlier, would have been treated.”

Utzinger said he recognized that Hauck’s release might draw concern from family as well as the community.

The plan also drew criticism from Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings.

“We find the proposed course of action absurd,” Rawlings said. “We’re going to try to see if there is a legitimate legal basis for the judge to order the State Hospital to do something other than release him into the community at wild.”

Police said Hauck shot his mother and slit her throat before leaving her body in the freezer in 2006.

Garlock said she periodically visits the townhome where it happened to be close to her sister and to “miss her.”

She said she didn’t want her nephew to hurt anyone else.

“I don’t see how any of this is common sense that he should be free to harm other people again,” Garlock said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

The suspect motor home that abducted a woman. (Credit: South Salt Lake Police)...
Michael Houck

Police cancel search for possible abduction suspect

South Salt Lake Police are searching for a motorhome that possibly abducted a woman Saturday evening.
17 hours ago
Michael Houck

Bush fire spreads to carport and sheds, no injuries

A brush fire destroyed a carport and two sheds Saturday evening, no one was hurt, and no homes were threatened.
17 hours ago
The semi that's blocking traffic on I-80. (Credit: UDOT)...
Michael Houck

Semi tips, blocks traffic on I-80 in Summit County

A semitrailer tipped over on Interstate 80, reducing eastbound traffic to one lane.
17 hours ago
Navajo Nations Veterans Administration Director James Zwierlein, Navajo Nation President Jonathan N...
NOEL LYN SMITH Farmington Daily Times

Navajo Nation authorized to file benefit claims for veterans

The Navajo Nation Veterans Administration was formally recognized by the head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for being the first tribal nation program to receive accreditation to help veterans submit federal benefits claims directly to the VA.
17 hours ago
Police responded to a shooting at 1485 South Major Street Sunday morning. (KSL TV)...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Salt Lake Police investigate shooting at 1485 South Major Street Sunday morning.

Salt Lake City Police are investigating a shooting near Main Street early Sunday morning.
17 hours ago
Teens playing with fireworks started a dumpster fire in Murray Saturday night. (Mountain Green Fire...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Teens playing with fireworks start dumpster fire in Morgan County

Firefighters said some teens setting off fireworks started a small dumpster fire in Murray Saturday night.
17 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
Man Accused Of Murdering Mother, Stuffing Her In Freezer Could Be Discharged Soon