Man to stand trial for Aspen burglary
December 25, 2008
ASPEN ” A man accused of breaking into an Aspen home and having a few beers while inside the residence was ordered by a judge Wednesday to stand trial in the case.
District Court Judge James Boyd issued his ruling at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing for Steven Howard Lee Honett, 60, in Pitkin County Court in Aspen, the District Attorney’s Office said. A subsequent Jan. 5 hearing was set, at which time the issue of Honett’s competency is to be discussed. The judge did not set a trial date.
Until recently, Honett has been holed up at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo. He was committed to the mental facility earlier this year after he failed a pre-trial, court-mandated competency evaluation. But the judge issued an order earlier this week that allowed Honett to appear in court Wednesday.
The judge also ordered Honett to return to the facility by Jan. 4. He is free on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.
Honett was arrested in January 2007 after he allegedly broke into the home 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.
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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 charges.
Honett hails from Texas, but has lived in the Aspen area for some time.