Barstow man to stand trial for allegedly raping, torturing wife
A Barstow man will stand trial for allegedly raping and torturing his wife, a judge ruled following a preliminary hearing Tuesday.
Philip Mejia, 36, was arrested and charged on suspicion of torturing, raping, inflicting bodily injury and making a criminal threat against his 22-year-old wife in August.
Mejia was also charged with rape of a spouse by force or fear, but the judge ruled there was insufficient evidence presented by the prosecution to try him on that charge, according to court records.
Mejia’s wife, whose name was not revealed due to victim protection laws, told authorities that Mejia physically restrained and beat her until she was able to flee. She said the abuse lasted an “extended period of time,” according to previous reports. Mejia’s wife also told the Barstow Police Department that she was burned and shocked by an electrical device.
She had visible injuries, including contusions to the head, upper body and legs, consistent with allegations of being beaten and bound by Mejia, according to previous reports.
Mejia, who has a previous 2011 conviction for misdemeanor spousal abuse, is next scheduled to appear at the Victorville courthouse on Dec. 26.