Park City murder defendant makes brief court appearance
James Henfling, the man charged with murder in the shooting death of Jose Fernandez, made a brief appearance in 3rd District Court on Monday morning.
Henfling, in chains and dressed in a yellow and white striped prison jumpsuit emblazoned with the words "Summit County Jail" on the back, did not speak as Judge Paige Petersen set another court date on March 28.
Prosecutors amended the charge against Henfling from attempted murder to murder to reflect the death. The prosecutors on Monday added a second charge against Henfling, a first-degree felony count of discharge of a firearm with serious bodily injury.
Richard Mauro, a Salt Lake City attorney, has been retained to represent Henfling. He told reporters after the hearing he did not have extensive information about the case yet, indicating he had been hired on Sunday. He said he is "just getting started on the case" and had not yet received the police reports.
"We’ll just work through it," Mauro said.
Prosecutors claim Henfling shot Fernandez in the head with a .40-caliber pistol early on Feb. 22 in a Park City condominium complex. He died on Friday.
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