FARMINGTON -- Judge Thomas L. Kay has appointed two attorneys to defend Stephanie and Nathanael Sloop.
The orders were filed in 2nd District Court on Thursday. Court hearings for the Sloops, which were scheduled for today, have been canceled.
Kay appointed Richard P. Mauro to defend Nathanael Sloop and Mary Corporon to defend Stephanie Sloop.
A hearing for Nathanael Sloop is set for 1:30 p.m. Monday before 2nd District Court Judge Michael Allphin in Farmington. Stephanie Sloop is to appear before Allphin at 1:30 p.m. June 18.
The Sloops are both charged with aggravated murder, second-degree felony child abuse, second-degree felony obstruction of justice and third-degree felony abuse or desecration of a body in connection with the death of 4-year-old Ethan Stacy.
Nathanael Sloop has also been charged with third-degree felony damaging of a jail.
Ethan Stacy's body was found buried near Powder Mountain on May 11. Ethan had come to Utah on May 1 to spend the summer with his mother, Stephanie Sloop, and his stepfather, Nathanael Sloop, following a divorce settlement.
Both Sloops could receive the death penalty if they are convicted of the aggravated murder charges.
Both are accused of abusing Ethan for days in their Layton apartment before he died May 9, which was Mother's Day.
The next day, the couple took the child's body to a wooded area near Powder Mountain, desecrated it and buried it, according to court documents.
They then called Layton police to report that the boy had wandered off.