OGDEN -- Dea Millerberg has dropped her divorce proceeding against husband Eric Millerberg, the latter facing trial in July for the 2011 overdose death of his baby sitter.
Both are charged in the death of 16-year-old Alexis Rasmussen, Dea Millerberg as an accomplice and Eric Millerberg charged with her homicide.
Her divorce was dismissed Wednesday "without prejudice," meaning it could be re-filed, according to court records. She filed the divorce Feb. 9, 2012, a little more than a week after the couple was charged in Rasmussen's death.
Dea has testified, with immunity, against her husband, saying she witnessed him inject Rasmussen with the fatal drug dosage when they partied with the young girl in their North Ogden home.
Prosecutors declined to comment on how or if the path of the divorce case might impact the criminal case.
"Dea plans to follow through with the divorce but has been strapped for money, and when a case lingers too long, it gets dismissed," said her public defender on the criminal charges, Mike Bouwhuis. "She plans to re-file it later."
There is no indication in the court files on the divorce if either Millerberg ever hired a divorce attorney, although the judge advised it at one point when the two had disagreements on custody and visitation issues regarding their children.
Dea Millerberg is free on bail and going through juvenile court proceedings as the state Division of Child and Family Services retains custody of her children. Eric Millerberg has been in the state prison since October 2011 on parole violations tied to drug abuse.
Rasmussen was last seen the weekend of Sept. 10-11, 2011. When police came looking for her at the Millerberg's home -- her last known whereabouts being a baby-sitting appointment there -- the Millerbergs said she had left around midnight the night before to meet a friend at a nearby school.
But the couple had already secreted the body by then, according to the allegations, at a site by the Weber River near Taggart in Morgan County.
Rasmussen's body was found hidden in that remote location on Oct. 18, 2011, five weeks after prosecutors believe she died. Dea Millerberg's next court appearance on the criminal charges against her is not scheduled until August, a month after her husband's trial in 2nd District Court in Ogden.