OGDEN -- Trial for Dea Millerberg was rescheduled Wednesday to follow that of her husband, Eric, who is charged with homicide in the September 2011 drug overdose death of the couple's baby-sitter.
Dea Millerberg is only charged with an accusation of helping to hide the body of 16-year-old Alexis Rasmussen.
The July trial for Eric Millerberg was recently rescheduled to Feb. 10-21 at the request of the defense seeking more time for an expert to examine newly discovered evidence in the case from undisclosed hair follicle testing results by the state Division of Child and Family Services.
Dea Millerberg's Aug. 26-27 trial on unrelated charges was reset for April 3-4. That trial relates to prescription drug fraud charges, with her charge from Rasmussen's death still pending trial.
She testified at her husband's preliminary hearing last year that he injected a fatal mix of heroin and methamphetamine into the teen. The couple panicked and hid her body in a remote part of Morgan County, according to the charges. Police located the remains five weeks later.
After Wednesday's hearing, public defender Mike Bouwhuis said the rescheduling is routine for prosecutors to request to ensure Dea Millerberg's cooperation at her husband's trial. She at one point had filed for divorce but dropped the case for lack of funds, Bouwhuis told reporters asking about the status of the divorce.
He expects she will refile the divorce as her cases unwind, he said, including the DCFS proceedings in juvenile court, where she has regained physical custody of her two underage children.
"She's afraid of him frankly," Bouwhuis said.