Date: 14th August 2002

Winona Ryder trial to begin within six weeks

Winona Ryder's trial on shoplifting and other charges will begin by the end of September.

A Beverly Hills judge has set August 26 as the date when lawyers will meet to discuss the case.

The actress is charged with taking clothing and other items from a Saks Fifth Avenue store.

She did not attend yesterday's hearing.

Judge Elden Fox said a trial date would be set within 30 days of the pre-trial motions on August 26.

Ryder was arrested in December. She allegedly was carrying painkillers without a prescription and stole nearly $6,000 worth of designer merchandise.

She was charged with second-degree burglary, grand theft, vandalism and possession of a controlled substance, and could face more than three years in prison if convicted.

Source: Press Release



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