Millerberg hears charges against him in teen’s death
Court • The charges include homicide and desecration of a body.
Published: February 3, 2012 10:19AM
Updated: April 11, 2012 11:23PM
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Alexis Rasmussen, 16. (Courtesy North Ogden Police Department)

Ogden • The man charged with causing the death of North Ogden teen Alexis Rasmussen appeared in court via video Friday morning.

Eric Millerberg, 36, stood with his hands bound behind his back in the Weber County jail as the charges against him were read. His next court date was set for Feb. 14 in 2nd District Court.

After months of police investigation, prosecutors this week charged Millerberg and his wife, 38-year-old Dea Millerberg, in connection with girl’s death last September.

Eric Millerberg is charged with a first-degree felony count of child abuse homicide and felony counts of obstructing justice, unlawful sexual activity with a minor and abuse or desecration of a dead body. His wife faces one count of third-degree felony abuse or desecration of a dead body.

Officials say Rasmussen, 16, died from a drug overdose at the Millerbergs’ home either late on Sept. 10 or early Sept. 11. Search warrants have alleged the couple were supplying Rasmussen drugs in exchange for baby-sitting.

Weber County Attorney Dee Smith has said the Millerbergs took the teen’s body to a spot in Morgan County and dumped her there shortly after her death.

Dea Millerberg, who was charged last year with prescription drug fraud and child endangerment in two cases unrelated to the death, remains free on bail.

She has been ordered by summons to appear in court Feb. 22 in the desecration case.

Eric Millerberg will remain in custody at the Utah State Prison, where he is serving time for violating his probation.

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