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Wife charged in North Ogden baby sitter death has new trial date

Published October 18, 2012 7:39 am

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Ogden • A former nurse charged with her husband in the death of their baby sitter is scheduled for trial in August.

A December trial date was initially set for Dea Millerberg, whose charges include desecration of a human body and drug possession related to the death of 16-year-old Alexis Rasmussen, but on Wednesday, her attorney, Michael Bouwhuis, asked for the trial to be postponed until after her husband Eric Millerberg's trial. Her trial date was set for Aug. 26 and 27.

Eric Millerberg, 37, appeared in 2nd District Court Tuesday, where a six-day trial was set for July 22.

While Eric Millerberg, who is facing 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, is still being housed in the Weber County Jail, Dea Millerberg was out on bail, and appeared in 2nd District Court Wednesday not in a jumpsuit, like her husband did the day prior, but in plain clothes.

Dea Millerberg, 39, has already testified in a preliminary hearing against her husband, and was given immunity that will keep prosecutors from using her testimony against her.

The Millerbergs are accused of contributing to Rasmussen's death. Dea Millerberg has testified 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 Morgan County in September 2011.

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