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Bond review hearing scheduled for Columbia doctor accused of rape and assault


On Friday afternoon a bond review hearing is set for the Columbia doctor accused of raping and assaulting a woman.

Travis Birkhead faces charges of first-degree rape and fourth-degree assault. 

Back in December Birkhead's public defender argued for Birkhead to be released with a GPS monitor. However, Boone County Judge Josh Devine rejected Birkhead's request as he awaits trial.

Investigators say Birkhead was caught on security footage leading a woman from a bar into a parking lot back in October, according to a probable cause statement. 

Birkhead eventually led the victim into a wooded area behind a bar in Columbia. According to court documents, security footage shows the victim was unable to stand up on her own and was dragged into the woods by Birkhead. 

After an hour, Birkhead allegedly returned to his car and left the area. Birkhead then sent a message about having sex to one of the victim's friends according to a probable cause statement.

Birkhead was also charged in a second case with violating a protection order on September 9. Harassing and stalking on September 19 and violating a protection order on Oct 10. 

Birkhead is set to appear at the Boone County courthouse Friday at 2:00 p.m.

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Kennedy Miller


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