Sloop hearing delayed one week

Jun 4 2010 - 11:26pm


FARMINGTON -- Nathanael and Stephanie Sloop appeared in court Friday afternoon, where a judge was set to appoint public defenders certified to handle death penalty cases.

However, those attorneys were not appointed on Friday and the hearing was continued until Friday, June 11, at 1 p.m. Judge David Connors said he needed more time to make his decision.

The Davis County Attorney's Office has yet to file intentions to seek the death penalty against the couple, who are charged with aggravated murder in connection with the death of 4-year-old Ethan Stacy. Stacy's body was found May 11 on the mountainside near Powder Mountain.

The Sloops, Stacy's mother and step-father are also charged with second-degree felony child abuse, second-degree felony obstruction of justice and third-degree felony abuse or desecration of a body. Nathanael Sloop also has been charged with third-degree felony damaging a jail.

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