DRAPER -- The man accused of stabbing murder suspect Eric Millerberg in his Utah State Prison cell has been charged with attempted aggravated murder, among other felony charges.
According to court documents filed Friday in 3rd District Court in Salt Lake City, prison officers were performing a status check on the cell July 1 and saw Simon Russel Scown, 29, standing over Millerberg, who had over 20 stab wounds, to his head, neck, torso, arms and back. Millerberg was treated and later released back into prison.
Millerberg, 37, is awaiting trial for child abuse homicide in the 2011 overdose death of 16-year-old Alexis Rasmussen. Prosecutors believe Rasmussen died at Millerberg's North Ogden home, where she frequently baby-sat.
Rasmussen's body was found five weeks after prosecutors believe she died, at a remote location in Morgan County, where prosecutors believe Millerberg and his wife, Dea Millerberg stashed the body. Dea Millerberg has testified that Eric Millerberg injected Rasmussen with the drugs that killed her.
The trial of Eric Millerberg, who was first charged in Rasmussen's death in January 2012, is scheduled for February in 2nd District Court in Ogden.
At the time of the stabbing, Steve Gehrke, Utah Department of Corrections spokesman, said Scown and Millerberg belonged to the same gang, the Silent Aryan Nation.
A shank and disposable razors were found in Scown's cell, according to court documents, which did not disclose a motive for the stabbing.
Along with attempted aggravated murder, Scown has been charged with obstructing justice and possession of items prohibited in a correctional facility, both second-degree felonies.