The Hooker Defense: Trebek Assault Suspect Says She's a Prostitute, Not a Thief

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, Aug 12, 2011  |  Updated 6:34 AM PDT
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The Hooker Defense: Trebek Assault Suspect Says She's a Prostitute, Not a Thief

AP

Alex Trebek will be nursing a torn tendon for weeks after chasing Lucinda Moyers through a hotel corridor. Moyers says she wasn't the one who robbed Trebek's hotel room.

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Lucinda Moyers meant to do something against the law when she was allegedly found in game show host Alex Trebek's San Francisco hotel room on July 26 -- just not what she's accused of.
In her own words: she's a prostitute, not a thief.

Moyers was in the Marriott Marquis to ply her avocation, not to rob $650, a wallet and a bracelet from Trebek, as prosecutors allege, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Nonetheless, Moyers has plead guilty to residential burglary and possession of stolen property. She remains behind bars on $625,000 bail, the newspaper reported.

Trebek, 71, and his wife were in town so the Jeopardy! host could film the National Geographic World Championship at the Google headquarters in Mountain View. It's still unclear how Moyers entered Trebek's room in order to pilfer the valuables, but according to her, she never entered the room at all, and only ran from Trebek in order to hide from hotel security her "true purpose for being there," the newspaper reported.

Moyers's attorney says that Trebek fingered the wrong person when he woke up in the middle of the night to find his room's door open. Trebek chased Moyers through the hotel hallway, tearing his Achilles' tendon in the process. Moreover, the stolen items were not found on Moyers's person -- they were stashed behind an ice machine.

Moyers could be behind bars for a long time if convicted of the crime. She has three previous convictions for burglary and has already spent 12 years behind bars for robberies in 1990, 1991 and 1997, the newspaper reported.

Prosecutors are considering applying the state's three-strikes law, which means the modest haul -- whose ever it was -- could land Moyers behind bars for 25-years-to life.

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