Mistrial declared in Pressler embezzlement case
When the jury was seated Monday to continue the embezzlement and tax fraud trial of Erin Pressler of New Castle, one of the 12 seats remained empty.
One of the jurors had been dismissed, Judge Denise Lynch informed the remaining 11 jurors. Without 12 jurors in a criminal case, she said, she had no choice but to declare a mistrial.
The reasons for the juror’s dismissal were not made public.
Deputy District Attorney Scott Turner said a juror had been dismissed before testimony began, leaving the panel without an alternate.
A new trial was set to begin on April 15.
Support Local Journalism
It’s not first time the case, which started last week, has been delayed.
Pressler, 45, was first accused of stealing roughly $180,000 from her former employer, Designer Door Hardware in Glenwood Springs, in 2012. Other charges followed, including $33,000 in invalid Social Security disability payments and tax fraud. She was originally scheduled for trial in April 2014, but her private attorney withdrew citing “irreconcilable differences.”
Prosecutors continued to build on the case throughout the year, ultimately filing 68 counts against her. In anticipation of the trial, however, the District Attorney’s Office dropped some charges and consolidated the rest into one count of burglary, one count of computer crime, two counts of theft and four counts of filing a false tax return.
Testimony in the case began Thursday and was expected to continue most of this week.
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Basalt’s Midvalley Family Practice saw early on in the coronavirus crisis that uninsured residents of the region weren’t getting proper care. It formed a nonprofit organization to test for COVID-19 and offer other medical care. Its funds are dwindling.