Sloops appear in court with appointed attorneys

Jun 14 2010 - 5:45pm

FARMINGTON -- The couple accused of murdering 4-year-old Ethan Stacy appeared, with their lawyers, in court Monday afternoon.

Nathanael and Stephanie Sloop of Layton are charged with aggravated murder in connection with the beating death of Ethan, whose body was found buried near Powder Mountain on May 11.

On Monday, Judge Michael Allphin set July 14 for another role call hearing.

Last week, a judge appointed Richard P. Mauro to defend Nathanael Sloop and Mary Corporon to defend Stephanie Sloop. Both are qualified and certified to handle death penalty cases.

Stephanie Sloop had a hearing scheduled for this Friday, but her attorney requested to change the hearing to Monday.

The couple could face the death penalty if convicted of the aggravated murder charge. The Davis County Attorney's Office has not filed a formal intention it will seek the death penalty.


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