Eric Millerberg makes initial court appearance

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Eric Millerberg appeared by video conference in front of a judge in Ogden to hear the charges against him in the death of Alexis Rasmussen. He looked forward and then down at the ground as the charge of child abuse homicide was read, followed by obstructing justice, desecration of a human body, and unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Millerberg rarely spoke in the hearing, only answering "yes" when asked questions.

Duing the hearing the judge indicated attorney Randall Marshall would be appointed to defend Millerberg aginst these charges.

"I'll treat it like any other criminal case. Every criminal defendant has a right to have their constitutional rights protected and that's what we do. Every case I get I look at all of the facts and study and I decide what issues are real issues and what are not, and I'll do the same with this case. The big difference in this case is there's a lot more to go through, said Marshall"

Marshall says he likely will receive the evidence against Millerberg from the County Attorney's office sometime next week.

Millerberg will remain in prison as he awaits his next court date on scheduled for Feb 14th. A preliminary hearing has also been set for April 9th.

Dea Millerberg, Eric Millerberg's wife was not a part of this morning's court appearance. She is facing a desecration of a human body charge and was released on bond.

Weber County Attorney Dee Smith announced the charges against the couple on Tuesday. Smith has said Alexis Rasmussen died around Sept. 11 from a drug overdose, then her body was moved and buried in a shallow grave 35 miles from North Ogden along Interstate 84.

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