Another hearing for Sloops: Still no contract for attorneys; Sept. 9 new court date

Jul 15 2010 - 1:09am

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(KEITH JOHNSON/Pool) Nathanael Sloop appears before Judge Michael Allphin at the Davis County Justice Center in Farmington on Wednesday.
(KEITH JOHNSON/Pool) Stephanie Sloop appears before Judge Michael Allphin at the Davis County Justice Center in Farmington on Wednesday.
(KEITH JOHNSON/Pool) Nathanael Sloop appears before Judge Michael Allphin at the Davis County Justice Center in Farmington on Wednesday.
(KEITH JOHNSON/Pool) Stephanie Sloop appears before Judge Michael Allphin at the Davis County Justice Center in Farmington on Wednesday.

FARMINGTON -- Defense attorneys for the couple charged with the aggravated murder of 4-year-old Ethan Stacy say they have not yet received contracts from the state.

Second District Court Judge Thomas L. Kay appointed Mary C. Corporon and Rich Mauro on June 10 to represent Stephanie Sloop and Nathanael Sloop, respectively.

On Wednesday, both attorneys told Judge Michael G. Allphin they have not received contracts from the Division of Finance, which handles the funding of capital murder indigent cases where the defendants are facing the death penalties.

The Sloops were in separate holding cells and appeared in separate hearings in a courtroom filled with Ethan supporters.

A row of women wore T-shirts with Ethan's face printed on the front and on the back the words "Ethan's Team."

As Nathanael Sloop was brought into the courtroom, he shouted, "I love you, Stephanie."

Klint Huppi, 29, of Millville, drove with his father, Terrel Huppi, to attend the hearing.

Before arriving in Farmington, both hiked up Wolf Canyon Trail where Ethan's body was found on May 11 near Powder Mountain.

"This has made me treasure the moments as a dad," said Klint Huppi, the father of a 2-year-old girl.

Corporon, who represents Stephanie Sloop, 27, said she too has not received a contract from the state. She asked that Mark Flores, who works in her office, be appointed as second chair.

Allphin set Sept. 9 for another scheduling conference hearing for the Sloops.

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