Couple’s case to go to trial in May
A jury will decide in May whether a couple arrested on suspicion of illegally entering the Southside Station and consuming $30 worth of alcohol and food inside should be charged with second-degree burglary and theft.
Sara Lynne Moore, 25, and Billy Clay Jones, 31, both of Steamboat Springs, pleaded not guilty Monday in District Court.
Their cases, which will be heard together, were set for a two-day jury trial in May.
Jones was unable to come to court in person because of a back injury that made it impossible for him to leave his home, but he entered his plea over the phone.
At the time of the late-October incident, Moore had been an employee for Southside Station, which is at 905 Weiss Drive, for almost a month.
Police responded after the store manager found empty beer bottles and food wrappers in the back storeroom and in the store’s trash can, and the store’s surveillance camera caught Moore and Jones drinking beer and eating food on tape, police said.
The store manager also discovered that Moore’s key code was used to enter the store at about 11:40 p.m. and the code was used again to leave at 1:52 a.m.
The store manager also noticed that Moore had not opened the store as scheduled, and that Moore’s Recreational Vehicle was gone.
After learning that police were looking for her, Moore called police.
Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James said during the arraignment that “the evidence is pretty straightforward,” and that he thought the trial could be finished in about a day.
District Judge Michael O’Hara said he would schedule the trial for two days to “err on the side of caution.”
The trial will begin at 8:15 a.m. May 12 and last through May 13. A pretrial conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 1.
The last day for either Moore or Jones to enter a negotiated plea is April 1.
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