Trial date set in Aspen drug case |

Trial date set in Aspen drug case

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO, Colorado

ASPEN ” An Aspen man accused of multiple drug-related offenses stemming from an incident earlier this year will stand trial April 7, a judge ruled Monday.

Devin Wallace Schutter’s trial will be held at the Pitkin County Courthouse, District Judge James Boyd said.

Schutter, who was arrested Feb. 20 at his mom’s house, faces multiple felony counts, including drug possession with intent to distribute, and probation and parole violations from earlier cases.

If convicted on all counts, Schutter could possibly spend more than 45 years in prison.

Schutter, who was present for Monday’s hearing and represented by public defender Stephen McCrohan, is set to next appear in court on Dec. 22 at 1:30 p.m. for a motions hearing.

Boyd also granted McCrohan’s subpoena request regarding statements Schutter allegedly made to Aspen police while he was being investigated in a motor vehicle theft case. Some of the statements made by Schutter are related to his drug case, McCrohan said.

In other court-related matters, a disposition hearing for Aspen resident Peter Frommer was reset to Dec. 1 at 1:45 p.m.

Deputy District Attorney Tony Hershey said issues arose before Monday’s hearing and that they likely would be worked out by the next court date.

Frommer faces multiple allegations of writing bad checks in Aspen during the 2006-07 winter season.

About three months ago, in an unrelated case, he agreed to a $5,000 settlement with Patricia Smyth, a Boulder babysitter to whom he owed money for services in 2006 and 2007.

In March 2007, Frommer lost a civil judgment for $7,382 to Smyth.

Also, Boyd said he would rule in the next couple of weeks on testimony presented Monday during a suppression hearing in the case against David Ives of Aspen. Ives is accused of possessing more than an ounce of cocaine.

He was arrested in early March outside the J Bar after Aspen police were tipped off about an alleged drug deal that took place on the premises. If convicted, he faces two to six years in prison.

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