< Previous Page
Dea Millerberg dressed the girl, and the couple put her body in a "footlocker" in the trunk of their car. By then, their two children were awake. The couple put their baby in the car and left their 6-year-old at home.
Dea Millerberg said they drove all over Weber County, ultimately deciding on an area in Weber Canyon near the Taggart exit. "We moved her back behind the trees and covered her with a blanket," she testified.
Alexis’ body was found 38 days later — her legs folded against her in a fetal position, her lower half stuffed into a garbage bag.
Meanwhile, Alexis’ mother, Dawn Miera, was trying to find the girl.
Miera testified that she when she went to the Millerbergs’ home on Sept. 11, 2011, they claimed that sometime after 10 p.m., the girl had told them she was leaving to meet a friend at a nearby elementary school.
Eric Millerberg later told the same story to North Ogden police after Miera filed a missing-persons report.
"He got somewhat defensive," North Ogden Police Officer Brandon Dives testified about his interview with Eric Millerberg. "He advised me that he was not Alexis’ father, she was a 16-year-old girl and she can do what she wants."
Deputy Weber County Attorney Christopher Shaw said in his opening statement that police searched high and low for Alexis, and fliers were posted all over Weber County. But no one knew where Alexis was.
"No one had a clue where she was, except all points lead back to him," Shaw said Wednesday, pointing to Eric Millerberg.
Police got a break when an informant told police that Millerberg had called him saying, "I gotta get rid of something," according to Shaw. That person refused to help, but knew Millerberg also had asked about another man they knew, Eric "Peanut" Smith.
Shaw said Smith did agree to help Millerberg, and on Sept. 12, 2011, they moved the girl’s body about 20 yards farther from the road.
Smith eventually led police to Alexis’ badly decomposed body.
Defense attorney Randall Marshall asked the jury to look carefully at the evidence.
"It’s a terrible, terrible tragedy," Marshall said of Alexis’ death. "…The fact that she is dead does not make Eric Millerberg guilty of anything."
Marshall told the jury that much of the case against Eric Millerberg relies on his wife.
"No one has more motivation to lie than Dea Millerberg," Marshall told jurors.
Dea Millerberg, 40, is charged with desecration of a human body related to the girl’s death. A trial for her is scheduled in April. She was granted "use immunity" for her testimony Wednesday, meaning it can’t be used against her.
Testimony is expected to resume on Thursday.
Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.