Nathan Sloop's preliminary hearing changed from five days to one

Mar 2 2012 - 9:19pm

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Nathan Sloop appears in 2nd District Judge Glen C. Dawson's courtroom for an evidentiary hearing in Farmington in July. Sloop and his wife, Stephanie Sloop, are accused of abusing and killing Stephanie's 4-year-old son, Ethan Stacy, in 2010. Nathan Sloop's preliminary hearing was changed earlier this week from a five-day event to a one-day event. (ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner)
Stephanie Sloop appears with her lawyer in 2nd District Court in Farmington in January 2011. She and her husband, Nathan Sloop, are accused of abusing and killing her 4-year-old son, Ethan Stacy, in 2010. (MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner)
Four-year-old Ethan Stacy, seen here in a photo posted on the Facebook page "Justice for Ethan Stacy" in 2011, was killed in 2010. His mother, Stephanie Sloop, and her husband, Nathan Sloop, are facing charges.
Nathan Sloop appears in 2nd District Judge Glen C. Dawson's courtroom for an evidentiary hearing in Farmington in July. Sloop and his wife, Stephanie Sloop, are accused of abusing and killing Stephanie's 4-year-old son, Ethan Stacy, in 2010. Nathan Sloop's preliminary hearing was changed earlier this week from a five-day event to a one-day event. (ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner)
Stephanie Sloop appears with her lawyer in 2nd District Court in Farmington in January 2011. She and her husband, Nathan Sloop, are accused of abusing and killing her 4-year-old son, Ethan Stacy, in 2010. (MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner)
Four-year-old Ethan Stacy, seen here in a photo posted on the Facebook page "Justice for Ethan Stacy" in 2011, was killed in 2010. His mother, Stephanie Sloop, and her husband, Nathan Sloop, are facing charges.

FARMINGTON -- A preliminary hearing for the man charged with the murder of 4-year-old Ethan Stacy has been changed from five days to one.

The change in Nathan Sloop's preliminary hearing was made Thursday, according to the court website.

Sloop, 32, and his wife, Stephanie Sloop, 28, both of Layton, are each charged with aggravated murder, second-degree felony child abuse, second-degree felony obstruction of justice and third-degree felony abuse or desecration of a body.

Both are being held in Davis County Jail without bail.

The charges stem from the death of Ethan Stacy, Stephanie Sloop's son, in 2010.

Both Sloops could face the death penalty, if convicted.

Prosecutors have 60 days following a felony arraignment hearing to file their intent to seek the death penalty.

Investigators found the young boy's disfigured body buried near Powder Mountain on May 10, 2010. Authorities believe he was killed the day before.

The five-day preliminary hearing was supposed to run from March 19 to March 24 in 2nd District Court. A one-day hearing has now been set for 2 p.m. March 20.

The court website states the reason for the change was "counsel request."

Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings said, "We will allow the defense (attorneys) to explain their thinking for the change."

A call was placed Friday morning to Richard Mauro, Sloop's appointed public defender. He was not in his office.

A two-day preliminary hearing for Stephanie Sloop had been set in November, but her attorney, Mary C. Corporon, requested a continuance. No new dates have been set for the hearing.

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