OGDEN -- In a DNA cold case, a man charged in a 1993 homicide made his first appearance in 2nd District Court.
And the judge asked prosecutors to finish their death penalty deliberations regarding Stephen Ellenwood.
Ellenwood was arrested in May in Alaska, accused of climbing through a window into a room in an Ogden retirement home on the night of May 3, 1993, and sexually assaulting and beating 92-year-old Grace Mae Odle, according to charging documents.
Six days later, a hospitalized Odle died from injuries to her head, chest and extremities.
On Wednesday, Judge W. Brent West set a status conference for Aug. 14. Prosecutors have yet to decide if they will pursue the death penalty and which death penalty statute applies to Ellenwood, a pre-1993 version or the amended statute which adds life in prison without parole to the possible penalties.
West asked that they make up their minds by the Aug. 14 date, as a determination must be made as to whether Ellenwood would need "death qualified" public defenders, those who meet the minimum requirements to handle capital cases.
Later on the same day as Odle's attack 20 years ago, a 57-year-old woman was sexually assaulted while walking to a bus stop two blocks from Odle's retirement home.
Ellenwood is strongly suspected in that attack as well, prosecutors have said. But Wednesday, Deputy Weber County Attorney Ben Willoughby said the statute of limitations has expired in that case.
Ellenwood was arraigned July 19 in video court, which involves a camera feed from Weber County Jail as well as for a courtroom and the prosecutors' office. But Wednesday was his first appearance in open court on the charges. He's being held without bail.
Ellenwood was taken into custody in Haines, Alaska, the afternoon of May 8 after fleeing on foot from officers, according to police.
DNA preserved from the crime scene was matched to Ellenwood by the state crime lab.
The case was then developed by Ogden Detective Rich Childress.