A Utah jury deliberated for only two hours before finding a man guilty of killing a teenage babysitter then dumping her body in the woods. According to the prosecutors, after a night of sex between him, the baby sitter and his wife, the man gave the girl a lethal dose of drugs.
Eric Millerberg, 38, was convicted of child abuse homicide, unlawful sexual contact with a minor, obstruction of justice and desecration of a dead body in the murder of Alexis Rasmussen, 16, in 2011. Millerberg faces up to life in prison when he appears in court for sentencing on March 18, 2014.
The murder trial lasted three days with prosecutors presenting evidence from detectives, medical examiners, prisoners and Dea Millerberg, Eric Millerberg’s wife. The testimony given explained how Millerberg injected Alexis Rasmussen with lethal doses of heroin and methamphetamine.
Police and Rasmussen’s mother searched for her for over a month before her body was found. Prosecutors told the jurors that once Rasmussen was dead, Eric Millerberg and his wife transported her body and dumped it in the woods. They then proceeded to lie to police about her whereabouts.
Scott Rudd, Rasmussen’s uncle said after the verdict was read, “We are extremely thrilled about it. It helps with a little closure, but the fact of the matter is we still don’t have Lexi.”
Weber County Attorney Dee Smith said, “It’s [the verdict] not going to change what happened, it’s not going to bring her back, but it’s important for the family to know the person responsible is being held accountable and will spend a significant time in prison.”
“Ordinary people don’t inject little girls with heroin and methamphetamine. You don’t have sex with 16 year-olds when you’re a month away from turning 36. You don’t look for dates with juniors in high school.”
It is imperative for parents of teenage girls to know the people giving their children babysitting jobs. Protecting their children from predators is a vital job and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Dea Millerberg, 40, will go on trial on charges of desecration of a body in April.
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