Trial ordered for man accused of driving off cliff with daughters in truck

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A man accused of intentionally driving a pickup off Sunset Cliffs into the ocean with his twin toddlers inside was ordered Thursday, Dec. 2, to stand trial on charges that include attempted murder. Robert Brians, 48, is accused of abducting his twin 2-year-old daughters from his parents' home June 13, 2020, then speeding off a cliff into the waters below. About 4:30 a.m. that day, the toddlers’ mother called 911 to report that Brians had taken their children without permission. At Brians’ preliminary hearing in a downtown San Diego courtroom, she testified that after Brians allegedly took the children, she exchanged several text messages with him as she tried to ascertain their whereabouts. She testified that Brians repeatedly sent messages indicating that he was planning t
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