Lohan Facing Trial Over Alleged Necklace Theft

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March 24, 2011 | 5:15am EST

Actress Lindsay Lohan is set to stand trial over allegations she stole a necklace in January, after rejecting a plea deal for the second time.
The Mean Girls star’s lawyers informed officials in Los Angeles on Wednesday that Lohan will not be in court to accept a plea bargain offer on Friday, meaning a judge can rule to take the case before a jury.

Lohan’s lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley tells E! News, “Ms. Lohan has maintained her innocence from the moment this case was filed and she has never wavered.

“Though many advised her to follow the safe route by taking ‘the deal’, the truth is, Ms. Lohan is innocent; she has a strong defense; and we are confident that a jury will listen to the evidence fairly and acquit her.”

Recent reports suggested the star would accept a stint in jail as part of a plea bargain agreement relating to charges she violated probation by allegedly stealing the $2,500 piece from a California store.

A preliminary hearing into the case will take place on 22 April, when a judge will decide if prosecutors have enough evidence for a trial and whether Lohan violated her probation. If convicted, Lohan is likely to be sent to jail for a longer term.