FARMINGTON — In an almost empty courtroom, Stephanie Sloop appeared Friday afternoon before Judge Glen C. Dawson.
Before entering the courtroom, defense attorney Mary Corporon and Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings met with Dawson for 15 minutes in his chambers.
When Dawson came out, he said that both video and audio recordings of the hearings are prohibited on any devices. Dawson gave no indication of why he issued the ruling.
Corporon then told Dawson she wants to wait until after Nathanael Sloop’s preliminary hearing in March to schedule a preliminary hearing for Stephanie Sloop.
Dawson set April 12 for a status conference in Stephanie Sloop’s case.
“This is the result of much strategic thinking on this case,” Corporon said, about why she wants to wait for the preliminary hearing.
Dawson asked Stephanie Sloop if she wanted to waive her right to a speedy trial and she replied, “Yes, your honor.”
The Sloops 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 4-year-old Ethan Stacy, Stephanie Sloop’s son. His disfigured body was found buried near Powder Mountain on May 11, 2010. Officials said he died on May 9, 2010, and had been physically abused.
The Davis County Attorney’s Office has filed notice that it intends to seek the death penalty for Nathanael Sloop. His preliminary hearing is set for March 27, 28 and 29.