- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A Marion man accused of taking a walrus tusk as “collateral” for his stolen motorcycle has pleaded not guilty to theft and bail-jumping charges.

The Daily Inter Lake reports (https://bit.ly/2adSDmV ) 34-year-old Edward Lee Hubbs III’s attorney entered the plea on Hubbs’ behalf last week.

Court documents say the ivory tusk was stolen from a home on U.S. Highway 93 on Jan. 31. A Flathead County sheriff’s deputy found the tusk last month during a vehicle search.

Hubbs, who was a passenger in the vehicle, reportedly said he was keeping the tusk as collateral because a man had allegedly stolen his motorcycle.

Authorities added bail jumping to the theft charge when Hubbs didn’t show up for an arraignment scheduled in June.

A jury trial is scheduled for Oct. 11.

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Information from: Daily Inter Lake, https://www.dailyinterlake.com

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