Preliminary hearing rescheduled for couple accused of multiple burglaries

Victoria Asta appears in 1st District Court for a pretrial conference, Tuesday in Logan, Utah. Asta is being charged with aggravated robbery and burglary as well as other charges after she led police on a high speed chase.

LOGAN — A judge has rescheduled a joint preliminary hearing for a couple accused in a string of local burglarizes last fall.

Douglas L. Birkinbine has been charged with 39 felonies and 13 misdemeanors. Victoria Asta faces 14 felonies and 12 misdemeanors. The offences range from aggravated robbery and burglary, assaulting a police officer, failing to stop at the command of police and other charges. Both defendants appeared separately in 1st District Court Tuesday morning.

Birkinbine and Asta are suspected of robbing a home in Paradise at gun point and later leading deputies on a high speed chase that ended in Logan on November 17. Investigators believe the two suspects are also responsible for at least seven other burglaries.

Judge Brian Cannell reset the afternoon preliminary hearing for January 28. That is when prosecutors will present their evidence in the multiple cases.

Salt Lake County court records show Birkinbine previously pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder in 1997. The 53-year-old was sentenced to serve one-to-fifteen years in prison.

Asta is believed to have been the getaway driver during the November getaway chase. The 51-year-old also faces a reckless driving charge.

Both are being held in maximum security at the Cache County Jail without bail.

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