Judge postpones trial for Smithfield man accused of burglary and shooting outside LDS Church

LOGAN — The two-day trial for Jason K. Summers has been postponed. The 30-year-old Smithfield man is accused of breaking into a LDS Church and shooting at a neighbor who confronted him.

During Monday’s status conference in 1st District Court, defense attorney Ryan Holdaway said he was concerned that with the trial scheduled for October 19 and 20, he and prosecutors wouldn’t have enough time to work out a possible plea agreement.

Police arrested Summers July 7 after a man called 911, claiming he was shot at while confronting the defendant, attempting to break into a Smithfield LDS Church. He was taken into custody and arrested. Police later found a shotgun, believed to be the suspected firearm.

Summers has pleaded not guilty to aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a restricted person, both third-degree felonies and four misdemeanor drug charges. He could face up to life in prison.

During Monday court appearance, state attorney Aaron Josie said Smithfield City Police officers were still investigating the incident and additional charges are pending.

Judge Thomas Willmore ordered Summers to appear October 11 for an evidentiary hearing and said he would consider a new trial date then.

Summers remains in the Cache County Jail on $40,000 bail.

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