September 05, 2002 11:00 AM

Winona Ryder’s pretrial hearing Wednesday played like a rerun of what reported 10 days ago: Another court date, another postponement.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox said the actress’ trial would likely begin Oct. 4, but that the date would be confirmed once her attorney, Mark Geragos, shows up in court Thursday for the rescheduled hearing, the Associated Press reports.

Geragos is reportedly busy with another case. Ryder, 30, was not in the courtroom Wednesday.

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.

When asked by AP on Aug. 25 if Ryder might still consider a plea bargain rather than risk placing her fate in the hands of a jury, Geragos replied: “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.

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