Trial set for Aspen jeweler
August 21, 2012
ASPEN – An Aspen jeweler pleaded not guilty to felony theft charges Monday in Pitkin County District Court, setting the stage for a trial next year.
Snowmass Village attorney Lawson Wills, who represents William Leon Evans, delivered the plea to Pitkin County District Judge Gail Nichols, who scheduled a trial for Jan. 8, 9 and 10.
Evans, 77, is free on $5,000 bond.
Police say he misled authorities Feb. 29 by falsely reporting that an 18-carat-gold ladies bracelet with diamonds had disappeared from the back seat of his car, which was parked at City Market. Police also contend that the bracelet actually belonged to a woman who had given it to Evans to have it appraised.
The bracelet remains unclaimed. Police say Evans took out a $12,000 insurance policy on it before he reported it missing.