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Jury selection begins for Utah man in baby sitter's death

Published February 10, 2014 12:15 pm

Couts • Eric Millerberg allegedly injected fatal mix of heroin and methamphetamine into 16-year-old girl.
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Ogden • Jury selection began Monday morning in the trial for Eric Millerberg, accused in the 2011 drug-related death of his children's 16-year-old baby sitter.

Millerberg, 38, 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.

Fifty potential jurors were brought in Monday, and another 50 will be considered on Tuesday. Opening statements and testimony were scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

Six days were scheduled for trial testimony over the next two weeks.

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.

jmiller@sltrib.com