OGDEN — Trial dates have been set for an Ogden couple facing capital murder charges following the death of their 3-year-old daughter in 2017.
Attorneys decided during a Thursday morning hearing that Miller Costello and Brenda Emile will go to trial starting in August 2020. Both are charged with capital murder, which could be punishable by death.
The couple’s trial will begin in August and will take up the entire month before continuing into September, and four of the five days each week being used for the trial.
Costello and Emile are accused of abusing their daughter, Angelina Costello, until she died.
On July 6, 2017, police responded to a 911 call about the child who was unconscious and not breathing.
The two were arrested and charged with aggravated murder just days after the severely malnourished child was found with injuries to her head, chest, wrists, legs and a “piece missing” from her nose, according to an Ogden Police detective.
During a two-day preliminary hearing in February, police and medical professionals outlined the ”horrifying” abuse the child suffered before she died.
The girl’s injuries ranged from brain hemorrhages to cigarette burns, according to the medical examiner. At the time of her death, Angelina Costello weighed 13 pounds. One prosecutor said during the February hearing “that should be the weight of a 3-month-old, not a 3-year-old.”
An Ogden Police detective and a medical examiner described the 3-year-old as looking like a “child from a concentration camp,” during the preliminary hearings.
In July, Weber County prosecutors filed their intent to seek the death penalty against the couple, bumping their aggravated murder charges up to capital offenses. A month later, Weber County Commissioners approved contracts for Costello and Emile’s attorneys, moving the case forward.
Attorneys for Costello and Emile will have until January 2020 to file motions in the case.
The couple’s next hearing will be in three months, and is scheduled to take place on March 14 in Ogden’s 2nd District Court.