Miller Costello listens during a court hearing Friday February 9, 2018 in Ogden. Costello and Brenda Emile are charged with aggravated murder in the death of their 3-year-old daughter. A judge has set the trial for August 1, 2022, on Thursday. (Sarah Welliver)
OGDEN – The trial of an Ogden couple whose deceased 3-year-old daughter was found so malnourished that police compared her to a Holocaust victim is set to take place two years later than originally planned, in large part because of the pandemic.
Second District Judge Michael DiReda has scheduled a seven-week trial on Thursday, starting August 1, 2022, for Brenda Emile, 26, and Miller Costello, 29. Both have pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder, an offense punishable by death.
The judge set the trial for next summer after defense lawyer Randall Marshall raised concerns about a potential resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the fall.
When investigators arrived at the couple’s Ogden home in 2017, they said they found the couple’s deceased daughter emaciated and neglected, describing her as a 13-pound skeletal figure with sunken eyes, thinning hair and little to no muscular. Police found the cold body of 3-year-old Angelina Costello in a pink blanket and covered with a layer of makeup applied to cover up her injuries, court documents show.
At a preliminary hearing in 2018, prosecutors presented photos and videos of the couple’s phones which showed the child appeared increasingly bruised and injured as his two siblings remained healthy, his mother. apparently taunting her with food and her father asking her if she was “mean”.
The state alleges the two have ties to a traveling community and have alternate names and addresses in multiple states.