July trial date set for Eric Millerberg

Oct 16 2012 - 9:54pm

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(FILE) Eric Millerberg stands next to his public defender Randall Marshall during his sentencing for a drug violation at the 2nd District Court in Ogden on Tuesday, October 25, 2011.  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
(FILE) Eric Millerberg stands next to his public defender Randall Marshall during his sentencing for a drug violation at the 2nd District Court in Ogden on Tuesday, October 25, 2011.  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)

OGDEN -- A six-day trial has been set for Eric Millerberg in the drug overdose death of the family's baby sitter, Alexis Rasmussen.

At a scheduling hearing Tuesday in 2nd District Court, Judge Scott Hadley set the trial for July 22-Aug. 1. It was the earliest date available on his calendar that could accommodate a six-day block of time and fit the schedules of the prosecution and the defense.

Millerberg's public defender, Randall Marshall, told the judge he might be filing pretrial motions.

"There are still plenty of things we need to look at," he said. Marshall declined to elaborate afterwards.

Marshall had asked for seven days for the trial after Deputy Weber County Attorney Chris Shaw said prosecutors only needed five days.

Millerberg appeared in court looking less like a white supremacist skinhead officials have described, having shaved his beard and grown his hair out since his last court appearance June 26.

He faces a number of charges in the girl's death, including child abuse homicide. He is also charged with unlawful sexual contact with a minor for an alleged sexual relationship with the girl.

The body of 16-year-old Rasmussen was found hidden in a remote location in Morgan County a year ago, five weeks after prosecutors believe she died while partying with the Millerbergs in their North Ogden home.

Millerberg's wife, Dea, has testified against him, saying he injected the teen with the drugs that killed her.

Dea Millerberg is charged for her alleged role in the hiding of the body. She is to be in court today for a status conference on the charges in Rasmussen's death and two other unrelated drug cases. Trial is set for her in December on prescription drug charges.

Marshall has questioned Dea Millerberg's account of events, for which she has been granted immunity, saying she has reason to lie. The case also features members of Eric Millerberg's white supremacist gang cooperating with police, according to testimony, even leading them to Rasmussen's body.

The weekend of Sept. 10-11, 2011, when police came looking for Alexis at the Millerberg's home, her last known whereabouts a baby-sitting appointment there, the Millerbergs said she had left around midnight the night before to meet a friend at a nearby school. But the couple had already secreted the body by then, according to the allegations, at a site by the Weber River near Taggart in Morgan County.

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