He appeared briefly Friday before Judge Vernice Trease in a Salt Lake City courtroom, wearing a dark suit and a red tie. Humphrey didn't speak as the judge set a new hearing date.
Humphrey, 34, who is accused of stealing 22 morphine pills, has no prior sustained disciplinary history with the West Valley City Police Department, according to Deputy Chief Mike Powell in response to a Salt Lake Tribune public records request.
Cottonwood Heights Police Chief Robby Russo said Humphrey responded about 7 p.m. on June 5 to the death of a terminally cancer patient in West Valley City when a colleague, backing him up, allegedly saw Humphrey place 22 morphine pills that belonged to the patient in his pocket.
The backup officer called a supervisor, who arrived and confronted Humphrey.
"He admitted doing it and was remorseful," said Russo, whose department was asked to investigate.
The day after the incident, Humphrey resigned from his job.
"We're disappointed in the actions of one officer, and we are proud of the officers and supervisors that took immediate action under the circumstances," Powell said. "[They] should be commended in their ability to maintain their integrity in following through what they know was the right thing."