2 editors, reporter subpoenaed in sex assault case
ASPEN — Two editors and a reporter at Aspen’s newspapers have been subpoenaed in a sex assault trial scheduled to begin in April.
Aspen Daily News editor Carolyn Sackariason, Aspen Times editor Rick Carroll and Aspen Daily News reporter Chad Abraham could be called to testify during the trial of Peter Nardi, according to Deputy District Attorney Andrea Bryan.
The Daily News reports Nardi, 51, was arrested in April and accused of sexually assaulting, smothering and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend. He also faces a felony charge of attempted assault and a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment.
Bryan filed the sexual assault count as a crime of violence, which with conviction carries a term of eight years to life in prison because of mandatory sentences for sex crimes. She declined to comment about why she subpoenaed the journalists, although she said it was the first time she had done so.
“But I have also not had a case go to trial where a defendant spoke directly to reporters about the facts of the case and the charges,” she wrote in an email to the Daily News.
Nardi denied the accusations in May during interviews with both newspapers while he was out on bond, and he said he would not accept a plea deal. He also said during an interview with Sackariason in September that “I never did this ... this is out of control. I am not going to be controlled by the court ... I will face my own demise.”
Nardi’s attorneys are expected to argue their client was defending himself while the woman attacked him. He pleaded not guilty in October and is scheduled to go to trial April 8.