A 22-year-old Logan man accused of trying to kill a young woman during a domestic dispute was bound over for trial Wednesday on charges of attempted aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery.
Benjamin Stoddard was arrested on April 29 and is being held in the Cache County Jail without bail after a judge found he poses a continued risk to the alleged victim.
“Please God, don’t let my son see me die.” During her testimony in a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning, the woman said that was her last conscious thought as Stoddard tried to choke the life out of her as her young son walked into the hallway where she was being assaulted.
The young woman said she was already in the process of moving out of the area, and as he became increasingly aggressive toward her, she said she had stepped up her plans — but not soon enough.
On April 29, the woman said she was in the residence formerly shared with him, packing for the upcoming move. He was there as well, belittling her, taunting her, insulting her in every way he could think of, she said.
She tried to ignore him, she said, and that seemed to make him more angry.
And then, she testified, he pushed her against the wall, putting her in a chokehold. It had happened before so it took her a moment to realize it was serious this time, she said.
He reportedly told her she made him want to die — so maybe she should be the one to die.
She fought him off as long as she could, but she finally lost consciousness. When she came to, she said, she had been moved into the hall closet.
“I remember thinking I was dead,” she said. “When I came to … I didn’t understand … I didn’t know where I was or what I was doing. I was dizzy, everything was static. I couldn’t think, I couldn’t feel.”
She heard the door into her residence open and close, so she crawled out of the closet and inched her way down the hallway where she said she used the refrigerator to help get to her feet.
She said her aunt saw her then and asked her what happened before asking Stoddard what he had done to her.
“I just started screaming, and I couldn’t stop screaming,” she said.
Based on that evidence, along with testimony from two of the police officers who described her injuries and an expert witness who explained the physical effects on a person who has been suffocated, Judge Brian Cannell bound Stoddard over for trial.
Stoddard is scheduled to return to court on June 25 for a pretrial conference.