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Ryder’s Trial Postponed One Day

October 16, 2002

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Winona Ryder’s shoplifting trial was delayed Tuesday after her lead attorney was unable to appear in court.

Judge Elden J. Fox postponed the case until Wednesday after prosecutors and Ryder’s lawyer met in his chambers.

But attorney Shepard Kopp said in a telephone interview that he expects the trial will be delayed until next week to allow lead attorney Mark Geragos to complete an attempted murder trial.

The judge also postponed until Wednesday a hearing to consider a prosecution motion to drop a felony drug charge against the actress.

Officials with the District Attorney’s Office have said the defense offered a sworn statement from someone who said Ryder had reason to carry the painkillers, a generic form of the prescription drug Percocet, when she was arrested.

Kopp said the 30-year-old actress, who did not appear, would be in court Wednesday.

``She’s looking forward to her day in court,″ he said. ``She’s pleased the district attorney’s office has reevaluated their position on the drug count.″

Ryder, the star of such films as ``Girl, Interrupted″ and ``Little Women″ will stand trial on charges of felony grand theft, burglary and vandalism. She faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

The actress was arrested Dec. 12, 2001, outside a Beverly Hills Saks Fifth Avenue store after security officers reported that she’d taken nearly $6,000 worth of designer clothing.

Discussions between defense and prosecution attorneys to resolve the case without a trial broke down in mid-September.

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