Andrew Thacker (left) speaks with a witness in his case, patent attorney Bradley Knepper.
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EAGLE — Andrew Thacker, a former Avon resident, is standing trial before an Eagle County jury in district court this week for allegedly swindling a friend out of $259,000.

Thacker has been charged with securities fraud and theft, both class 3 felonies, for an allegedly fraudulent investment he promoted to Edward Koziol, according to charging documents associated with the case.

During testimony Wednesday and Thursday, the prosecution told a story of a loyal friend blindsided by a fraudulent investment while the defense attempted to flip this narrative on its head, urging jurors to consider that narrative presented by the prosecution’s evidence may not be as simple as it seems.

Thacker’s attorneys sought to prove that, in this case, the perpetrator may also be…

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