Trial of Aspen man William Evans accused in jewelry theft to conclude Thursday |

Trial of Aspen man William Evans accused in jewelry theft to conclude Thursday

Closing arguments in the trial of an Aspen jewelry seller accused of theft are expected to be held Thursday morning on the top floor of the Pitkin County Courthouse.

Prosecutor Andrea Bryan of the District Attorney’s Office of the 9th Judicial District is arguing the case against William Evans, 78, who in 2011 was asked by Aspen hotelier Terry Butler to sell an expensive Hammerman gold-and-diamond bracelet for her, according to testimony this week.

In late February 2012, Evans reported to Aspen police that it was stolen from the back seat of his rental car. Butler cried foul, saying she had tried for several weeks to get Evans to return the item, to no avail.

Evans was arrested in April 2012 after allegedly making conflicting statements to investigators. He was charged with felony theft and a misdemeanor count of false reporting to authorities. He maintains that he is innocent of the charges and is represented by attorney Lawson Wills.

Senior Judge Thomas Ossola is presiding over the case. The trial resumes 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

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