FARMINGTON – An April 12 status conference was set for Stephanie Sloop last week after her attorney requested Stephanie Sloop’s preliminary hearing be set after Nathanael Sloop’s preliminary hearing is held in March.
Stephanie Sloop’s attorney Mary Corporon told 2nd District Judge Glen R. Dawson that her request comes “as a result of much strategic thinking, and with the consent of the prosecution.”
Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings told Dawson he understood Corporon’s request, adding, “It makes sense what she’s doing.”
Dawson then asked Stephanie Sloop if she wanted to waive her right to a speedy trial. She softly answered, “Yes, your honor.”
Nathanael and Stephanie Sloop are charged with aggravated murder, second-degree felony child abuse, second-degree felony obstruction of justice and third-degree felony abuse or desecration of a body.
The couple is accused of killing Stephanie Sloop’s 4-year-old son Ethan Stacy in May 2010. His body was found buried near Powder Mountain after the Sloops reported him missing.
Nathanael Sloop’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 27, 28, and 29. Prosecutors have filed notice they intend to seek the death penalty for Nathanael.