OGDEN -- Dea Millerberg's trial was bumped out almost a year Wednesday in 2nd District Court.
She is implicated in the death of the family's baby sitter, Alexis Rasmussen, along with her husband, Eric, who is charged with Rasmussen's murder.
Eric Millerberg's trial on Tuesday was set for six days beginning July 22, 2013. Unlike his estranged wife, he is directly charged with 16-year-old Rasmussen's death in September last year, accused of injecting her with drugs that caused an overdose.
Dea Millerberg's trial had been set for December, but officials rescheduled it Wednesday to follow her husband's trial to ensure her continued cooperation in the case. Prosecutors generally hold off resolving charges on a cooperating witness to maintain their motivation to testify.
She has testified against her husband at his preliminary hearing earlier this year, saying she witnessed him inject the teen with meth and heroin.
She has been given immunity for her testimony, but after her hearing Wednesday before Judge W. Brent West, Weber County Attorney Dee Smith reiterated that she has been made no promises regarding resolution or sentencing on any of three cases she has pending.
Her trial now set for Aug. 26-27, 2013, is actually for one of two unrelated drug cases against her, charges of forging painkiller prescriptions.
Mike Bouwhuis, Dea Millerberg's public defender, said his client is hopeful of keeping custody of her two young children and is still in deliberations in juvenile court with the state Department of Child and Family Services. She has one infant child with Eric Millerberg, whom she is divorcing, and an elementary school-age child and an older teenager from a previous marriage. In relation to Rasmussen's death, she is only charged for her role in hiding the teen's body, one count of third-degree felony abuse or desecration of a dead human body.
She is also charged with child endangerment for methamphetamine allegedly found in hair follicle testing of her infant daughter after police served a search warrant on her North Ogden home pursuant to Rasmussen's death.
Those two cases now "trail," in court parlance, the prescription drug case, meaning they will be resolved after the prescription drug trial.
Eric Millerberg's numerous charges in the death include child abuse homicide and unlawful sexual contact with a minor for an alleged sexual relationship with the girl.
Rasmussen's badly decomposed body was recovered Oct. 18 at a site by the Weber River near Taggart in Morgan County.