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      Man involved in 15-hour police standoff to go to trial

      The man accused in a police standoff and domestic assault was in court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing in Ishpeming.

      During the hearing, the alleged victim took the stand to testify on the events leading up to the incident, which happened on April 15 into the morning hours of April 16.

      The alleged victim testified that 33-year-old Robert Rajala struck her in the back of the head several times, but she was able to get out of the house with her child and cell phone. Rajala was then involved in a 15-hour police standoff before being taken into custody.

      The defense cross examined the alleged victim, asking her about previous boyfriends, broaching several issues she had in the past including her volatile relationship history with Rajala.

      The judge stated that Rajala will go to trial, but he would not budge on the $150,000 bond.

      Robert Rajala will be in circuit court for a pre-trial arraignment May 9th at 10:30 a.m.

      He's being charged with first degree home invasion.