Man charged in church shooting remains jailed on $105K bail

| June 24, 2013

OGDEN — An Ogden man charged with shooting his father-in-law while the man attended church services will continue to be held in jail on $105,000 cash-only bail.

Charles "Ricky" Jennings, 35, was scheduled to have a bail hearing Thursday, but his defense attorney, Michael Bouwhuis, asked that the issue be continued to a later date to allow him time to meet with his client and look at the evidence in the case. Prosecutor Dean Saunders did not object to the continuance and indicated that the state will ask that Jennings be held on no bail.

Jennings, who appeared in court for the brief hearing, will continue to be held on $105,000 bail until the July 22 hearing. It is also anticipated that he will make a decision whether to request a hearing on the evidence against him at that time.

Jennings is charged with attempted murder, aggravated robbery and two counts of aggravated burglary, first-degree felonies; and possession of a firearm by restricted person, a second-degree felony, in connection with incidents on June 16. It was then police say Jennings walked into the St. James the Just Catholic Church, 495 N. Harrison Blvd., after Mass had begun. Within moments of entering, he walked over to the back pew toward his father-in-law, Jim Evans, and shot him in the head without saying a word, according to police.

Emergency dispatchers were flooded with 911 calls from inside the church immediately following the shooting.

"Just get somebody here," a panicked woman cries to 911. "He just came in and shot him."

When the dispatcher asked the woman to check on the victim's condition, she said in tears that she couldn't.

"I'm scared to go over there," she cried.

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