OGDEN -- The trial of Eric Millerberg in the death of his baby sitter has been postponed eight months following the results of hair follicle testing.
The prosecution and the defense told 2nd District Judge Scott Hadley Tuesday morning that next month's trial would have to be delayed because the existence of the tests of Eric Millerberg's hair only recently became known.
The defense will likely need weeks to examine the test results to determine any relevance to the case, which would require the hiring of an expert, and prosecutors would then need time to respond to any findings, they told the judge.
Trial had been set for July for Millerberg, charged with child abuse homicide and related offenses in the drug overdose death of 16-year-old Alexis Rasmussen in September of 2011.
Because of conflicts in the schedules of the numerous lawyers involved, the soonest date available was in February. Hadley set the trial for Feb. 10, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21.
The hair follicle tests are in the possession of the state Division of Child and Family Services as part of wife Dea Millerberg's proceedings in juvenile court regarding custody of the couple's two minor children.