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Man Charged in Brutal Attacks

Man Charged in Brutal Attacks

Posted - Feb. 24, 2004 at 10:46 a.m.



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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- A man accused of beating a woman in the head with a hammer and sexually assaulting her 14-year-old daughter in their mobile home has been charged with three felonies

Michael Shane Dyer, 32, is charged with aggravated counts of sexual assault, burglary and assault.

Dyer waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will be arraigned Monday.

Dyer was arrested 45 minutes after the Thursday attack, which was reported at 12:33 a.m. Police said he was found hiding in a shed in the trailer park.

Dyer, who lived in the trailer park, remained jailed on $250,000 bail. A restraining order also was issued during Monday's court proceedings.

The mother told the Standard-Examiner that she has five deep cuts from the hammer's blows, one of which reached her skull. About 30 staples were holding her scalp together.

She attended Monday's proceedings in a wheelchair. "I don't know what to say anymore," the 43-year-old said.

"It's bizarre," Davis County Attorney Mel Wilson said of the crime. "Talk about a nightmare, waking up to someone pounding you with a hammer."

Since the attack, the family has moved out of the Clearfield trailer park where they had lived for a week before the crime occurred.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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