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Trial set for North Ogden man charged in babysitter's death

Published October 16, 2012 1:04 pm

Courts • Eric Millerberg is accused of injecting girl with lethal amount of drugs.
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Ogden • A 2013 trial date has been set for the man accused of killing a North Ogden teenager in 2011 by injecting her with fatal amounts of drugs.

Eric Millerberg, 37, is charged in 2nd District Court with child abuse homicide, a first-degree felony, as well as obstructing justice, desecrating a body and having unlawful sexual activity with a minor. On Tuesday, Judge Scott Hadley scheduled a six-day trial to begin on July 22.

Millerberg, clad in an orange jumpsuit, scanned the courtroom audience while his attorney, prosecutors and the judge debated trial dates. He did not speak during the minutes-long appearance.

His estranged wife, Dea Millerberg, who testified against him at his preliminary hearing, is also charged in Alexis Rasmussen's death, but with lesser charges of desecration of a corpse and drug possession.

According to testimony offered during the preliminary hearing, the couple had a history of drug use and sex involving Alexis, who was 16 when she died in September 2011 from an overdose of heroin and methamphetamine allegedly administered by Eric Millerberg.

According to Dea Millerberg's testimony, the couple paid Alexis and a friend in Xanax for their babysitting services. But Alexis then began asking about meth, which the Millerbergs also used. Dea Millerberg, who was given immunity that will keep prosecutors from using her testimony against her, said her husband showed Alexis how to smoke it using a light bulb.

One the night of Alexis' death, Eric Millerberg allegedly injected Alexis with meth and heroin several times. When the couple discovered Alexis dead in their bed, they moved her body to a remote part of Morgan County, according to court testimony.

When police came looking for Alexis, the Millerbergs said she had left around midnight to meet a friend at a nearby school.

Eventually, members of Eric Millerberg's gang, Silent Aryan Warriors, broke the case for police. Eric Smith, one of the gang members who led police to the body, was also given immunity.

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