FARMINGTON -- The case filed against a woman who is charged in the beating death and desecration of her 4-year-old son will not change even though she is claiming she entered into a marriage involuntarily, said Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings.
"It will not hurt our case nor are we considering any changes," Rawlings said. "This is a very predictable move by Mary Corporon."
Rawlings declined to comment any further on the petition or on the murder case.
Corporon filed an annulment petition in behalf of Stephanie Sloop, 27, who married Nathanael Sloop on May 6 in the Davis County Memorial Courthouse. At the time of their wedding, they left Stephanie Sloop's son, Ethan Stacy, locked in a bedroom in a Layton apartment.
Corporon was appointed as Stephanie Sloop's public defender in the criminal case. She did not return calls for comment on the annulment petition.
The couple is charged with aggravated murder in connection with the death of Ethan Stacy, whose mutilated body was found buried near Powder Mountain on May 11. Ethan had traveled to Utah on May 1 to spend the summer with his mother, Stephanie Sloop, and stepfather, Nathanael Sloop.
The Davis County Attorney's Office said it may seek the death penalty for both but has not filed a formal motion. It has up to 60 days to file that motion after the Sloops have a felony arraignment hearing, which also has not been set yet.
The Sloops also are charged with second-degree felony child abuse, second-degree felony obstruction of justice and third-degree felony abuse or desecration of a body.
In the annulment petition, Stephanie Sloop claims the marriage "was not voluntary, and was the result or product of physical duress," by Nathanael Sloop.
The court documents do not give any specifics on how Nathanael Sloop forced Stephanie Sloop to marry him.
Stephanie Sloop also is asking the court to restore her former surname, but does not state what that should be.
The Sloops are being held without bail in Davis County Jail.
Ethan Stacy's father, Joe Stacy, of Richlands, Va., said Friday that he did not want his ex-wife using his surname.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this story.