Burr makes first formal appearance in court

Jason James Burr arrested Friday, June 6, 2014. 

LOGAN — A 34-year-old North Logan man accused of aggravated robbery and assault at the Cache Valley Hospital appeared formally in court, Thursday morning.

Jason James Burr appeared in 1st District Court. He was arrested and booked last Friday after being released from the University of Utah Hospital, where he was being treated for injuries sustained in the May assault.

During Thursday hearing, Burr told Judge Thomas Willmore that he was unable to afford an attorney, stating both he and his wife had recently lost their jobs.

Judge Willmore said Burr qualified for a public defender and assigned David Perry to represent him. 

Burr is being charged with eight counts, including three charges of aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon, all second-degree felonies, one charge of attempted aggravated robbery, a second-degree felony, two charges of use of a firearm by a restricted person, both third-degree felonies and two counts of carrying a concealed dangerous loaded firearm, both class A misdemeanors.

Judge Willmore ordered Burr to remain in jail on a no bail status and appear again in court Monday morning at 10 a.m.

Burr is accused of walking into the Cache Valley Hospital’s emergency room, brandishing two handguns and demanding prescription medication. He reportedly pointed the guns at hospital staff while making his demands but never fired.

Two probation and parole officers were at the hospital on an unrelated matter and confronted and shot Burr. He was immediately treated for his injuries and then transported to Salt Lake by an AirMed helicopter. He had been in the University of Utah Hospital until Friday, when he was released and then arrested.

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