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Millerberg defense focuses on wife's credibility

Published May 16, 2012 8:11 am

North Ogden • The couple are charged in death of babysitter, 16.
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The defense attorney for a man accused in the overdose death of a North Ogden babysitter is examining the credibility of the state's key witness — his client's wife.

KUTV Channel 2 reports that an attorney for Eric Millerberg, 36, asked a 2nd District judge on Tuesday for more time to looking into Dea Millerberg's background before trial.

At a preliminary hearing last month, Dea Millerberg, 39, testified at length against her husband — whom she is in the process of divorcing — detailing a history of drug use and sex involving the couple and 16-year-old Alexis Rasmussen.

Dea Millerberg said her husband 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 Weber County last September.

Eric Millerberg faces charges of child abuse homicide, a first-degree felony, as well as obstructing justice, desecrating a body and having unlawful sexual activity with a minor. KUTV reports that prosecutors have offered Eric Millerberg a plea deal but that his attorney said the terms were not acceptable.

Eric Millerberg is scheduled to next appear in court June 26.

Dea Millerberg, whose charges include desecration and drug possession, was given immunity that will keep prosecutors from using her testimony against her, but Weber County Attorney Dee Smith has said she would not be given "a walk" on her own cases.

Dea Millerberg is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

afalk@sltrib.com