By Vicky Gits
The judge in the case of the former Cub Scout treasurer accused of taking funds from Evergreen Cub Scout Pack 39 said he would continue the pretrial conference for two weeks but warned the Aug. 3 trial date is firm.
“Being a lawyer isn’t magic. They will need more than a couple of days to get ready for a trial,” District Judge Christopher Munch told Lisa Marie Williams of Pine on June 1.
Speaking to the judge in a barely audible voice, Williams, who appeared to be alone, said she thought she had a lawyer lined up but the arrangement fell through.
Williams, 39, is charged with one felony count of theft of between $1,000 and $20,000 belonging to the Cub Scout pack during a period sometime between August and Dec. 31, 2008. Williams maintains she is innocent.
She has pleaded not guilty and is free on $5,000 bond.
Williams’ earlier applied for a court-appointed public defender, but the request was denied Jan. 8.
The defendant appeared for a March 8 arraignment, which was continued to March 22 to give Williams more time to find a lawyer. On March 22 Williams said she retained counsel but the counsel was unable to appear. The arraignment was continued until April 5.
On April 5, Williams appeared pro se, meaning on her own behalf without a lawyer. She reported she had retained counsel, but again the attorney was unable to be present. The court entered a plea of not guilty on Williams’ behalf and set the two-day jury trial for Aug. 3 beginning 8:30 a.m.
Contact Vicky Gits at 303-350-1042 or Vicky@evergreenco.com.