LOGAN — The case against a 21-year-old Logan man, accused of attempting to kill a woman, is scheduled for trial after the defendant was found competent to defend himself. Benjamin D. Stoddard remains in jail after being arrested in April.
Stoddard appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and attempted aggravated murder, all first-degree felonies; and, domestic violence in the presence of a child, a third-degree felony.
Public defender Ryan Holdaway requested the trial date and asked again for Stoddard to be released on pre-trial supervision. He explained that his client is not a risk to the public and hasn’t allegedly acted out violently toward anyone but the victim.
Cache County Deputy Attorney Dane Murray objected to Stoddard’s release. He said the defendant has a history of domestic violence.
Judge Brian Cannell expressed concern again for the alleged allegations. He said he still feels that Stoddard poses a danger to the public and must remain in jail. He scheduled a three-day jury trial to begin January 8.
At the time of Stoddard’s arrest, the alleged victim told police that the defendant, who previously lived at her residence, broke in and took some electronic equipment and other valuables. When she confronted the suspect, he grabbed her by the throat, choking her until she passed out.
Stoddard reportedly fled the residence, taking the valuables with him.
The woman began to regain consciousness just as a family member came to the apartment. The relative told officers that the victim was pale and incoherent.
Officers found Stoddard nearby with the alleged stolen items. He was taken into custody for questioning and later booked into jail.
Court records show Stoddard pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in September 2018. He was later sentenced to serve 60-days in jail.
Stoddard did not speak during Tuesday’s hearing. He could face up to life in prison if convicted, and is scheduled to appear for a final pre-trial conference December 10.