Court hearing postponed for Ogden couple accused of killing 3-year-old

Saturday , January 06, 2018 - 5:00 AM2 comments

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — The court saga continues for two Ogden residents accused of killing their 3-year-old daughter in July. 

Miller Costello, 25, and Brenda Emile, 23 — who are each charged with one count of first-degree felony aggravated murder — had a preliminary hearing canceled this week.

One of Emile’s two attorneys, Jason Widdison, declined to comment Friday on why the hearing was postponed.

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Costello and Emile were arrested in July after police found their daughter, Angelina Costello, dead inside their Ogden home. Police found signs of “abusive trauma” on the child’s body, according to an Ogden Police press release.

Lt. Tim Scott of the Ogden Police Department said the child’s full autopsy report from the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office has been completed. The report has been distributed to investigators, prosecutors and defense attorneys for both Costello and Emile, Scott said. 

Scott added that the medical examiner’s report will not be released to the public.

A two-day preliminary hearing for Costello and Emile is tentatively rescheduled for Feb. 9 and 12, according to online records. 

Since she was arrested, Emile has written four letters that have been entered into court records, three addressed to Judge Michael DiReda and one to one of her attorneys, Martin Gravis.

In the letters, Emile maintains her innocence in her daughter’s death.

Costello has not submitted any letters to court officials, according to online documents.

In a July court hearing, Weber County attorney Christopher Shaw told a judge that Costello and Emile will require attorneys certified to handle death penalty cases.

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