Alleged beer-swilling Aspen trespasser in court Wednesday
December 24, 2008
ASPEN ” The case against a man who allegedly broke into an Aspen home and helped himself to a few beers is set for a preliminary hearing Wednesday afternoon, roughly two years after the incident.
All Steven Howard Lee Honett has to do is show up.
Honett, 60, has been holed up at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, but was ordered to be released Tuesday to make the Christmas Eve day hearing at Pitkin County Court in Aspen. Judge James Boyd issued the order Monday.
Honett reportedly hopped on a commercial bus Tuesday and was en route to Glenwood Springs. He had to use the bus service after travel arrangements could not be worked out with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
It was not clear when Honett would arrive in Glenwood Springs, or where he was going to stay, said Arnold P. Mordkin, deputy district attorney.
“I don’t know,” Mordkin said.
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Boyd made his ruling after a hearing on the issue, at which public defender Stephen McCrohan requested that Honett be present Wednesday afternoon. McCrohan argued Honett had a right to attend regardless of him having been declared incompetent by the court.
Honett was committed to the mental institute earlier this year after he failed a pre-trial, court-mandated competency evaluation.
Boyd said Honett’s status there did not suggest he would not be able to get to Pitkin County and back to Pueblo. Boyd said the self-transportation issue hasn’t been a prior problem, and cited Honett’s attendance at previous hearings.
Mordkin opposed the self-transportation plan because of Honett’s status.
“Our position is Mr. Honett is not competent,” Mordkin said.
Honett was arrested in January 2007 after he allegedly broke into the residence on East Hopkins Avenue and drank three beers, according to Aspen Police Department reports.
A caretaker noticed lights on inside the home and alerted police. When police arrived about 10:15 p.m. Honett came to the door and spoke with police. He said a friend had told him it was fine to stay at the home.
When he was asked to name the friend, Honett could not produce an answer. He was subsequently taken into custody and booked on felony burglary and trespassing
Honett hails from Texas, but has lived in the Aspen area for some time.