DiSalvo trial date set | AspenTimes.com

DiSalvo trial date set

Naomi Havlen

A trial date has been set for a Pitkin County Sheriff’s investigator charged with assault and battery after punching a man in an Aspen restaurant this summer.Joe DiSalvo will face a jury in Aspen Municipal Court on Nov. 8, attorneys agreed during a pretrial conference Thursday morning.DiSalvo, the sheriff’s office director of investigations, was having dinner at Jimmy’s restaurant in late June when he allegedly punched another man in the face.Through his attorney, Pamela Mackey of Denver, DiSalvo has not denied the incident, but maintains his act was in self-defense. DiSalvo told police that the victim, Thomas Drake, had been threatening him because of a misunderstanding.DiSalvo pleaded not guilty in late July. He and his attorney agreed to waive his right to a speedy trial since at the time she was also representing basketball star Kobe Bryant.Attorney David Hoefer is trying the case for the city.Judge John Collins from Basalt is hearing the case, since Judge Brooke Peterson, who usually oversees municipal court proceedings, recused himself. Peterson cited a conflict of interest because of a long-standing friendship with DiSalvo.During the brief conference, Collins instructed the attorneys to turn in any motions, witness lists and jury instructions by the end of the month. A status conference was set for Oct. 29 at 9 a.m.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com

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