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Man ordered to stand trial in East Bench home invasion

A man has been bound over for trial in connection with an East Bench home-invasion robbery last fall.

Third District Judge Robin Reece ordered Timothy Robinson, 39, to stand trial in connection with the Nov. 1 home invasion that left resident Rourke Bowman's face deformed and two other men injured.Robinson is charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and four counts of aggravated kidnapping, all first-degree felonies; aggravated assault, receiving stolen property and two counts of theft, all second-degree felonies; and witness tampering, a third-degree felony.

Andrea Christine Ball, 31, also faces the same charges except the witness tampering charge. Her preliminary hearing was postponed after her attorney filed a motion to withdraw from the case, and she hired a new attorney.

According to court testimony, Barry Brewer, his girlfriend, Dia Smith, and friends Rourke Bowman and Francis MacKenzie, were living at Brewer's former home, 2984 E. St. Marys Circle. The four were in the house during a Halloween party that continued into early morning and where alcohol, cocaine and marijuana were used.

Robinson and Ball came to the house during the party to pick up some of Ball's belongings, which she had left after moving out several months before, Brewer said.

At about 7 a.m., after everybody had fallen asleep, Robinson and Ball came to the house carrying a shotgun and saying Brewer was expecting them to see the gun, MacKenzie testified. But after trying to find Brewer, MacKenzie was struck in the back of the head three times, then once in the forehead, and then ordered to "crawl to the basement," he said.

Once in the basement, someone duct-taped MacKenzie's arms behind his back and his legs, he said. Brewer and Bowman, who had been sleeping in the basement family room, were also beaten and bound similarly with duct tape.

Smith testified she'd been sleeping in the main floor master bedroom when Robinson, Ball and several masked men awoke her, took her to the basement and bound her with duct tape. She became upset when she saw Brewer and Bowman beaten, but she was not hurt.

"I saw Rourke get hit over the head over and over," she testified. "Tim told me if I shut up everything would be OK."

Bowman said the beating required him to stay about a week in the hospital, where he underwent extensive reconstructive surgery for "bones shattered beyond repair." He was given new metal eye sockets, extensive plastic surgery, and his jaw was wired shut.

Brewer said Robinson forced him to sign over the titles to three vehicles, including a truck which had been previously impounded.

Robinson remains in custody at the Salt Lake County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. Ball was booked and released on $500,000 bail.