Prosecutors to seek death penalty for Nathanael Sloop

Dec 7 2012 - 4:35pm

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FARMINGTON -- The Davis County Attorney's Office filed notice of intent to seek the death penalty for Nathanael Sloop, who is charged with aggravated murder in the death of 4-year-old Ethan Stacy.

The document was filed late Thursday afternoon in 2nd District Court.

Sloop and his wife, Stephanie Sloop, are both 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 in the death of Ethan, Stephanie Sloop's son. Both Sloops are being held in Davis County Jail with no bail.

Ethan's disfigured body was found buried near Powder Mountain on May 11, 2010, after the Layton couple called police to report him missing. Authorities say the boy died May 9.

Nathan Sloop, who turns 33 today, entered not guilty pleas to the charges in July. He has a court hearing on Tuesday before Judge Glen C. Dawson.

Stephanie Sloop, who has not yet had a felony arraignment hearing, has a roll call hearing Dec. 14.

The Davis County Attorney's Office has not filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty in her case. Prosecutors have up to 60 days after she has entered a plea to decide if they will seek the death penalty.

Calls late Thurday to the Davis County Attorney's Office and to Richard Mauro, Nathan Sloop's attorney, seeking comment were not returned.

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