Humphrey in court on 3 cases | SteamboatToday.com

Humphrey in court on 3 cases

Susan Cunningham

A Steamboat Springs woman charged with stealing more than $7,000 from Go-Fer Foods appeared in court Friday, first saying she wanted to enter innocent pleas for counts in three cases, and then deciding to wait for the district attorney to make plea offers.

Denise Deann Humphrey, 38, was an employee of Go-Fer Foods and was working Nov. 15, the day the money was stolen, according to police reports. Police then started to look for Humphrey, and officers from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office found her in a hotel room in Virginia, Minn., soon afterward.

Humphrey appeared for arraignment in front of District Judge Michael O’Hara for three cases. One involved the Go-Fer Foods theft, a Class 4 felony; one involved a violation of that bail bond and third-degree assault; and one involved giving false information to a pawnbroker.

At the Friday hearing, Public Defender Gail Morrison said Humphrey would enter innocent pleas for all charges, and trial setting began.

As dates were discussed, Morrison said that Humphrey entered innocent pleas because the district attorney had said in earlier proceedings its office would not offer any plea agreements and that the case should be set for trial.

Assistant district attorney Kerry St. James said that plea negotiations could be held for some of the cases.

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With that information, Humphrey said she would withdraw her pleas and wait to hear about negotiations.

All three cases were continued to 8:30 a.m. April 9.

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