OGDEN -- A man accused of rape and four other first-degree felonies in a drawn-out attack on his wife pleaded innocent Thursday to all seven charges against him.
The 28-year-old Ogden man has been held in Weber County Jail in lieu of $110,000 bail since his arrest the morning of April 11. His name is being withheld to avoid identification of the woman he is charged with raping.
He is charged with rape, object rape, forcible sodomy, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated burglary, all first-degree felonies carrying potential life terms in prison. Two additional third-degree felony assault charges carry up to five years in prison.
Second District Judge Scott Hadley set a status conference for June 28.
The wife filed a protective order against the defendant two days after the criminal charges were filed, but on Thursday, attorneys informed Hadley that the woman had agreed to phone or mail contact with the accused regarding their children only.
The jail phones still have a block placed on them that prevent him from calling the home, said the man's public defender, Steve Laker. The judge's order would be needed to lift the block, which Hadley agreed to.
Police said the woman's alleged seven-hour ordeal at the hands of her husband began shortly before midnight.
She returned home from work to find him in a jealous rage, questioning her about a song he thought another man sang to her. He tied her to a bed, according to police, then proceeded to hit, burn and sexually assault her into the morning hours.
At one point, he became distracted by one of the couple's two children under the age of 5, and the woman freed herself, dressed and fled.
Neighbors let her in their home and called police when she warned them her husband had weapons, according to the allegations.
He kicked his way into the residence while wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying an assault rifle and a pistol.
Police arrived shortly after, and the man surrendered without incident.
Previously, the man had made it a practice to have the woman wear a Bluetooth device so he could monitor her movements, police said.
The defendant had requested a preliminary hearing on the charges, scheduled for Thursday morning. The hearing was a special setting, apart from the judge's regular calendar for preliminary hearings, because the accused was previously insistent the hearing be held.
A preliminary hearing is meant to ensure evidence is adequate to advance a case to trial. But Thursday he waived the hearing, which is typical when the standard of evidence is low.
While the threshold for conviction by a jury at trial is beyond a reasonable doubt, the standard that must be met at a preliminary hearing to advance a case is probable cause, a much lower standard. It literally means incidents probably occurred the way witnesses describe them.