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Jury selection to begin Monday for Utah man in babysitter's death

Published February 4, 2014 3:47 pm

Courts • Eric Millerberg is charged with first-degree felony child-abuse homicide.
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Ogden • Jury selection is scheduled to begin next week in the trial for Eric Millerberg, accused in the 2011 drug-related death of his children's 16-year-old babysitter.

Millerberg, 38, appeared in court Tuesday morning, where attorneys confirmed that the trial will go forward as scheduled. Fifty potential jurors will be brought in Monday, and another 50 will come on Tuesday. Opening statements and testimony are scheduled to begin Feb. 12.

Millerberg, of North Ogden, is charged with first-degree felony child-abuse homicide in the September 2011 death of Alexis "Lexi" Rasmussen. He is also charged with felony counts of obstructing justice, desecrating a body and having unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

Millerberg's wife, Dea Millerberg, 40, is charged with desecration of a human body related to the girl's death. A two-day trial for her is scheduled in April.

Her attorney said she plans to testify against her husband at his trial, and that she is planning to divorce him.

Dea Millerberg testified last April at her husband's preliminary hearing that he injected a fatal mix of heroin and methamphetamine into the teen, and that the couple, in a panic, then dumped the girl's body in a remote part of Morgan County.


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