FARMINGTON – A scheduled four-day preliminary hearing for Stephanie Sloop has been postponed at the request of her attorney.
Mary Corporon, Stephanie Sloop’s attorney, has asked that a status conference be set for Jan. 28.
The preliminary hearing was set to begin on Dec. 10.
Stephanie Sloop, 28, along with her husband Nathanael Sloop, 32, are each charged with aggravated murder in the death of Stephanie Sloop’s son Ethan in 2010.
The Layton couple also face charges of second-degree felony child abuse, second-degree felony obstruction of justice and third-degree felony abuse or desecration of a body.
In her motion to continue the preliminary hearing filed on Nov. 7, Corporon said there may be evidence that could be used in defense of her client. She wrote that she has yet to receive the evidence from the Davis County Attorney’s office because the office, “is apparently in a conflict of constitutional requirements between the defendant Stephanie Sloop,” and Nathanael Sloop.
Court documents indicate that evidence was “seized from Nathanael Sloop, under circumstances which his counsel have asserted violate his rights under the Fourth Amendment and Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution and under Article 1 of the Utah State Constitution.”
Prosecutors “received material in search of the cell of Nathanael Sloop, which is or may be exculpatory” of Stephanie Sloop, according to court documents filed in 2011.