Preliminary hearing scheduled for Providence man suspected of brutal rape

LOGAN — A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Wyatt Martin, the 21-year-old Providence man who has been charged with brutally raping a woman in September. In the meantime, he will remain in jail as attorneys for both sides argue whether the evidence against him is admissible.

Martin appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning. He has been charged with rape and aggravated kidnapping, both first-degree felonies; forcible sex abuse and obstructing justice, both second-degree felony; and other misdemeanors. He was later charged with an additional count of rape, also a first-degree felony.

Defense attorney Edward Stone asked for the day long preliminary hearing, where a judge will determine if prosecutors have sufficient evidence to bind Martin over for trial. The hearing was scheduled for January 11.

Martin is suspected of brutally forcing a woman to have sex with him, threatening to tie her up if she didn’t comply. He also threatened to violate her with an adult novelty item before raping her.

The victim allegedly had to seek medical treatment afterwards, because of the severity of her injuries.

Martin has claimed that he was falsely accused. He is being held in the Cache County Jail without bail and could face up to life in prison if convicted.

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