The Utah Attorney General’s Office will argue a Bountiful man should spend the rest of his life in prison for gunning down his ex-wife when she dropped off their two children for visitation. David Edward Drommond Jr. has filed an appeal asking the Utah Supreme Court to throw out his life without parole sentence for one count of aggravated murder.
On August 28, 2005, Drommond shot and killed Janeil Bradley and wounded her father as they were dropping off their two children, ages 3 and 2, during a court-ordered visitation. His ex-wife had previously had a protective order because Drommond had choked and threatened her several times. After the murder, Drommond told a cell mate he wished he had killed the victim’s entire family and the “b—- had it coming.”
In his appeal, Drommond claims the sentencing jury should not have heard about his violent interactions with his ex-wife, his desire to terrorize her before the murder, his desire to kill the rest of her family and his lack of remorse. He also claims his defense attorney was ineffective for not putting on additional evidence about his mental illness.
During oral arguments before the Utah Supreme Court, Assistant Attorney General Christopher Ballard will argue that Drommond’s violent character and lack of remorse were relevant during sentencing. He will also argue that additional evidence about Drommond’s mental illness would have been less favorable to him because his disorder was not treatable with medication.
What: Oral argument in State v. David Edward Drommond Jr.
When: 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Where: Utah Supreme Court, 450 S. State, Salt Lake City