Judge to rule if stepdad will stand trial

Nathan Sloop is charged with murdering Ethan Stacey

POSTED: 7:49 AM Mar 29 2013   UPDATED: 2:41 PM Mar 29 2013
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -

A judge in Utah is expected to decide Friday if there's enough evidence to go to trial in a case involving the murder of a southwest Virginia boy. 

Investigators believe four-year-old Ethan Stacy, of Richlands, died in May of 2010. They say he'd been visiting his mother and stepfather, Stephanie and Nathan Sloop, in Utah. 

Both are charged with his murder. 

Police say on May 11, 2010, Nathan Sloop led officers to where the boy's beaten body was buried in a shallow grave near a ski resort. 

Friday will be the third day of a preliminary for Nathan Sloop. Prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty against him.