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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lucinda Moyers Says She's a Prostitute, Not Alex Trebek's Burglar

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 8:15 AM

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Lucinda Moyers, the 56-year-old woman charged with allegedly burglarizing Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek's hotel room two weeks ago, says she has an alibi.

Mark Jacobs, the deputy public defender handling Moyers' case, said that his client has told the media that she was at the hotel working as a prostitute the night she was busted for allegedly ripping off Trebek.

According to Jacobs, Trebek never saw Moyers in his room at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

"He saw her in the hallway. There's no one who is going to be able to testify that she was seen in the room," Jacobs told SF Weekly.

Jacobs gave us a different account of what happened that night.

According to Jacobs:

Trebek was in bed when he sensed someone in the room and thought it was his wife. Then upon realizing she was still in bed next to him, believed he was dreaming and laid his head back down.

"Then he noticed the light from the door opening. He never actually saw anybody. He went down and opened the door, and he looked down the hall, and he said he saw a person in the hallway. That's still up for debate, though," Jacobs said.

Jacobs said Trebek allegedly approached Moyers outside in the hallway by the elevator, accused her of making off with a bracelet, $650, a purse, and a wallet and then told her he was going to call hotel security. That's when she tried to leave.

"She said she was up there working as a prostitute. So, she didn't want hotel security to be involved in her business," Jacobs said.

The bracelet and $650 were never recovered. "When she was arrested, she had no stolen property on her," Jacobs told us.

Moyers is scheduled for a prehearing on August 15. If convicted, she could face 25 years to life under California's Three Strikes law.

Last week, SF Weekly reported that district attorney candidate David Onek criticized interim District Attorney George Gascón for using the Three Strikes law in this case, saying it was too draconian.

But Gascón said he had not decided any such thing yet. Rather, the district attorney's office was still considering whether to count two previous burglary convictions from the 1990s as strikes in the new case.

Jacobs told SF Weekly that Moyers was informed that the DA had filed a standard complaint alleging she had two previous strikes and could face a Three Strikes sentence upon a committee review.

"They're just putting a marker there," he said. "Like, hey, we could give 25 years to life, but we're not necessarily going to."

Nevertheless, Moyers is scared, he said.

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