FARMINGTON – Stephanie Sloop appeared in Farmington’s 2nd District court on Thursday during a scheduling hearing.
It’s only one small step in the long saga of the mother who’s accused of abusing, killing and trying to hide the body of her 5-year-old son Ethan Stacy back in 2010.
Sloop appeared with her attorney Mary Corporon in front of Judge Thomas Kay to discuss the possibility of scheduling a preliminary hearing.
Kay scheduled that hearing for July 3, when he should make a decision on whether a preliminary hearing can be scheduled so that the case could proceed to trial.
Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings also appeared in court, and told Kay that the prosecution is ready to go.
“If Miss Sloop and her counsel decide to have a preliminary hearing, we’re ready to go, and have been for some time,” Rawlings told the Clipper.
Stephanie appeared stoic and aloof during Thursday's hearing.
During a status hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 11, Sloop cried as Corporon said she will again file a motion asking the evidence be released to her.
She first filed the motion on Nov. 7, 2013.
That evidence was “seized from Nathanael Sloop, under circumstances which his counsel have asserted violated his rights under the Fourth Amendment and Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution and under Article 1 of the Utah State Constitution,” the original motion stated.
Exculpatory evidence is that which may prove innocence or mitigate the culpability of a defendant.
Stephanie and Nathanael Sloop were both charged with capital murder in the death of Stephanie’s 4-year-old son Ethan Stacy in May of 2010.
The case against Nathanael Sloop wrapped up on Tuesday, Feb. 4, with his plea of guilty but mentally ill, and a sentence of 25-years-to-life in the death of his stepson.
Stephanie Sloop has yet to enter her plea of guilty or not guilty and no trial date has been set.
Ethan died just days after arriving in Utah from Virginia to spend the summer with his biological mother and Nathanael Sloop, who was Stephanie’s fiancé at the time.
During the time Ethan spent with the pair, prosecutors said he was scalded, beaten and overmedicated and that medical care was withheld.
Investigators say the Sloops left Ethan locked in a bedroom while they slipped away to get married on May 6, 2010.
Nathaneal Sloop’s lawyers have contended Ethan died from dehydration caused by overmedication.
Nathan and Stephanie contacted police on the morning of May 11, suggesting that Ethan had wandered off, prompting a search of the surrounding area.
After repeated questioning, police say the Sloops confessed that Ethan had died, and led investigators to a shallow grave near Powder Mountain.