Advocates embezzlement case arraignment set for Oct. 6 |

Advocates embezzlement case arraignment set for Oct. 6

Janelle O'Dea

The preliminary hearing for the Advocates Crisis Support Services embezzlement case was held Monday.

Kimberly Gardner, an accountant contracted by the nonprofit’s former board secretary Renae Virden, chose to proceed with the preliminary hearing.

Gardner is accused of one count of theft and one count of conspiracy to commit theft.

Virden, who also is accused of the same charges, waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

Matthew Barrett, the deputy district attorney for Garfield County, presented evidence to the judge.

Larry Combs cross-examined Colorado Bureau of Investigations officer Jack Haynes during a period of about three hours, according to Garfield County District Attorney Sherry Caloia. Haynes is in charge of the investigation for CBI.

Caloia said the judge found adequate evidence and the case has been bound over for arraignment. Gardner will appear in court again and enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

Virden also could, at this point, plead guilty or not guilty and the case would proceed to trial, or she may enter a plea bargain.

Both Gardner and Virden’s arraignment date is set for Oct. 6.