A Layton man was arraigned Thursday on two charges of aggravated homicide in the deaths Tuesday morning of his wife and daughter. Ronald Cunningham, 72, is being held in the Davis County Jail on $100,000 bail.

He is charged with killing his wife, Dorothy, 69, and daughter Janet, 43. They were apparently hacked to death with a hatchet while they slept in their beds at the Layton home.Circuit Court Judge Alfred C. VanWagenen set a preliminary hearing date for Oct. 2.

Defense attorney Bill Albright said Cunningham has said little to him and appears confused by the events. He has not been able to take his required medication since his arrest on Tuesday, Albright said.

Cunningham spent some time in Lakeview Hospital earlier this year for treatment of emotional problems and requires medication for arthritis and a bad back, Albright said.

The defense attorney said he will request a psychiatric evaluation for Cunningham and is seeking a court order to obtain his medications, which are still under police seal in his Layton home.

"He's not really sure what's happened. He doesn't remember what happened," Albright said of Cunningham after his Thursday afternoon arraignment. "He's reluctant to talk right now. He's in a confused state, but he has asked for his medication."

Albright said police are still gathering physical evidence at the Cunningham home at 271 Glen Place.