By Jody Norwood
Tribune-Courier News Editor
BENTON – A local man accused of raping and assaulting his pregnant girlfriend last December was arraigned in Marshall County Circuit Court Monday.
Andrew Tribbett, 27, was initially arrested on charges of assault 1st degree, rape 1st degree and sodomy 1st degree. The domestic violence charges had subsequently been amended to 4th degree, while charges of unlawful imprisonment and attempted fetal homicide were added.
Tribbett’s court appointed attorney Jamie Jamison entered a not guilty plea on all counts.
According to reports, Tribbett, 27, restrained his pregnant girlfriend in a bedroom, striking her, and attempting to choke her. Tribbett also sexually assaulted the 24-year old victim with a flashlight.
Investigators believe the assault was an attempt to force the mother to miscarry.
The victim fled the residence after the assault and phoned police.
During Tribbett’s December 10 arraignment in district court, Jamison argued the sex was part of “an alternative lifestyle” the couple engaged in consensually. Tribbett was indicted by a grand jury on the current amended charges.
On Monday, Circuit Court Judge Dennis Foust accepted the plea and set a status hearing for March 19. Tribbett remains lodged in the Marshall County Jail on a $250,000 bond.