Matthew Arden Hatfield
Eric Millerberg, seen appearing in court in this photo from April 9, 2012, was stabbed two dozen times last month in his cell at the Utah State Prison. His former cellmate, Simon Russell Scown, 29, has been charged with attempted murder and obstruction of justice. Millerberg is facing charges of child abuse homicide in the death of 16-year-old Alexis Rasmussen. Millerberg is accused of having a drug-fueled sexual relationship with the girl that caused her death.

UTAH STATE PRISON — The man accused of killing his 16-year-old baby sitter had a parole hearing Tuesday.

But Eric Millerberg's hearing was about his 2010 conviction on credit card fraud, not about his upcoming trial in the death of Alexis Rasmussen.

Millerberg, 36, is scheduled to go to trial in February on charges of child abuse homicide, a first-degree felony; obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony; unlawful sexual activity with a minor and abuse or desecration of a human body, both third-degree felonies.

He is accused of injecting a fatal dose of heroin and methamphetamine into Rasmussen during a drug binge that also included Millerberg's now estranged wife, Dea.

The North Ogden teen was last seen Sept. 10, 2011, when her family said she went to the Millerberg home to baby-sit. Her body was found Oct. 18, 2011, near a river in Morgan County.

Dea Millerberg, 40, will face a single count of abuse or desecration of a human body, a third-degree felony, when the case goes to trial April 3.

Dea Millerberg has filed for divorce from Eric and is expected to be the state's key witness in testifying against her husband.

During his parole hearing Tuesday on the fraud conviction, the lone person sitting in the audience in support of Eric Millerberg was Rachael Moreno, whom Millerberg filed for divorce from in 2003. Tuesday, he told the parole hearing officer the two planned on getting remarried.

"Irreconcilable differences were reconcilable after all," he said.

As for his estranged marriage to Dea, Eric Millerberg said he would remain officially married to her until his murder trial was over.

"Under advisement of my attorney, it's best for me to take care of that after the trial," he said.

Because of his high-profile case, Millerberg is currently housed in the maximum security Uinta 2 unit.

"Once I got here, my case was so publicized," he said Tuesday.

Millerberg has been in two altercations since being in prison, the hearing officer noted. But it was determined that Millerberg was acting in self defense each time. In July, he was stabbed multiple times allegedly by his cellmate.

Millerberg has also had two disciplinary violations since being in prison — one for possession of homemade alcohol, and the other for getting a new tattoo.

"It was just to cover some up," he explained.

That tattoo was to cover Dea's name, which was inked on his neck. Millerberg, who had 27 documented tattoos when he was admitted to the Utah State Prison in October 2011 on a parole violation, allegedly changed the tattoo on his neck from "Dea" to "Death."

It was noted during Tuesday's hearing that there was a time between Millerberg's first trip to prison in 1998 and before his arrest for murder that he seemed to turn his life around.

"You fell a long way, it seems," the hearing officer noted.

Millerberg admitted he struggled after being laid off and then became hooked on pain pills following a traffic accident.

"I made some bad decisions," he said.

The full board will now decide whether Millerberg should be paroled on his forgery charge.

Millerberg said he hopes to try and put his life back together after February.

"I'm sorry for being in front of you folks again. And I hope that after February, everything works out the way I hope it does. I hopefully will be able to get on with my life," he said.


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