Jury trial may be postponed for man accused of armed robberies

Douglas Birkinbine, 53, booked Wednesday morning on multiple offences including felony aggravated robbery and burglary along with assaulting law enforcement officers.

LOGAN — The August jury trial for Douglas L. Birkinbine, one of two people accused of breaking into several homes in Cache Valley, may be postponed after the 53-year-old man requested a new attorney.

Court records show, Birkinbine appeared in 1st District Court last week, after filing a writ of habeas corpus claiming that his public defender, Shannon Demler was not representing him sufficiently.

Birkinbine and 52-year-old Victoria 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. The two are believed to have broken into more than eight residences. Birkinbine was later charged with 39 felonies and 13 misdemeanors, while Asta faces four felonies and three misdemeanors. The offenses range from aggravated robbery and burglary, assaulting a police officer, failing to stop at the command of police and other charges.

A five-day jury trial for Birkinbine was originally scheduled to begin August 8. That trial may be postponed after Judge Brian Cannell last Tuesday, allowed him to seek a new attorney. He is scheduled to appear again in court July 12. A three-day jury trial for Asta is still scheduled to begin August 31.

Both of them remain in the Cache County Jail without bail.

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