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Ryder may get drug charge dropped

Attorney Mark Geragos escorts actress Winona Ryder through the Los Angeles County Courthouse in this photo taken in June.

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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- The Los Angeles County district attorney's office filed a motion Wednesday asking a judge to dismiss a felony drug charge against actress Winona Ryder "in the interest of justice."

The motion is expected to be considered by Judge Elden Fox next Tuesday when Ryder's shoplifting trial is scheduled to begin in Beverly Hills.

Ryder pleaded not guilty in February to charges of second degree burglary, grand theft, vandalism and possession of a controlled substance.

She could be sentenced to more than three years in prison if convicted.

The actress was arrested December 12 on felony shoplifting charges after she allegedly stole items worth about $6,000 from a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills.

Police contend Ryder shoplifted numerous women's hair accessories, handbags and various items of women's clothing.

The Oscar-nominated star of films such as "The Age of Innocence" and "Girl, Interrupted" was also accused of possessing prescription drugs without a prescription.

The district attorney office's statement said that new information from a defense witness raised doubts sufficient enough for the prosecutor to drop the felony drug charge.

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