Jury selection continues in Pressler case
Jury section in Erin Pressler’s trial will continue into a second day.
After about eight hours of jury selection on Tuesday, a full jury was not seated.
Pressler, from New Castle, faces charges that she embezzled from Designer Door Hardware during her three years working there, from 2009-2012, and committed tax fraud.
The case has a history of false starts. A trial was scheduled for April 2014 with a private defense attorney, but it was delayed when Pressler’s attorney cited nonpayment and irreconcilable differences.
Then her first trial began nearly a year ago, but Judge Denise Lynch declared a mistrial after a juror and the alternate juror were dismissed.
Another trial was scheduled for April 2015, but the prosecuting attorney was leaving the district attorney’s office and his replacement was disqualified. Deputy District Attorney Matthew Barrett has since taken his place.
Pressler is accused of embezzling $180,000 from Designer Door of Glenwood Springs. She’s also charged with collecting $33,000 in invalid Social Security payments and filing false tax returns from the same period.
Her defense said during her first trial that she had the owner’s permission to use company money, even on personal expenses.
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