Still No Trial Date for Winona Ryder
Although lawyers for Winona Ryder met with prosecutors and Superior Court Judge Elden Fox behind closed doors late last week for what appeared to be a plea bargaining session, no settlement was reached and another pretrial hearing has been set for Sept. 5, Reuters reports. A trial date has yet to be set. The “Girl, Interrupted” star and Oscar nominee was arrested last December outside the Saks Fifth Avenue department store in Beverly Hills and charged with second-degree burglary (of reputedly $6,000 in merchandise), grand theft, vandalism and possession of Oxycodone, a narcotic for which she allegedly did not have a prescription. She has pleaded not guilty to the four felony counts and remains free on $20,000 bail. (Ryder reportedly did not attend last week’s hearing.) Pretrial motions had been scheduled to begin Monday, but Ryder’s attorney Mark Geragos sought — and apparently received — a postponement because of a scheduling conflict, reports the Associated Press. When asked by the news service if Ryder, 30, might still consider a plea bargain rather than risk placing her fate before a jury, he said: “I don’t know if anybody welcomes going through a trial. A lot of that depends on factors beyond her control,” such as her work schedule. If convicted, Ryder could face more than three years in prison.