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Trial for alleged squatter of Kirkland mansion set for December

Jill Elaine Lane - Peyton Whitely/Kirkland Reporter
Jill Elaine Lane
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The next step in legal actions involving a trespassing charge brought against a woman accused of illegally occupying a multi-million-dollar Kirkland house has been set for November, with an anticipated trial date in December.

Kirkland Municipal Court Judge Michael J. Lambo set the new dates Wednesday for Jill Elaine Lane after her attorney asked that the charges be dismissed.

Lambo declined to order the dismissal and ruled that motions in the matter be heard at 1 p.m. Nov. 29 and a trial-readiness hearing be conducted Dec. 8.

The case involves Lane's arrest at a house in Kirkland's west-of-Market neighborhood on June 15, 2010.

The home on Eighth Avenue West had been vacant and unfinished for months before people began living in the home in the summer of 2010, with the occupants saying they were taking possession under a legal concept known as a "living trust."

Lane's attorney, Andrew Magee, made his latest arguments for a dismissal after receiving an amended complaint from the city that changed the specific trespass date from June 15, 2010, to a range of days extending from June 6 to June 15, 2010.

Magee said the change amounted to "a brand-new case," and asked that it be dismissed, but Lambo didn't agree, saying the city was allowed to make such changes before trial.

The judge concluded the new dates allow Lane, 31, some 60 days to prepare for a trial on the gross-misdemeanor charge, an adequate amount of time.

"She has two more months before the matter has to go to trial," said Lambo.

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