SCOTTDALE, Pa. (March 28, 2013)--The former live-in caretaker of a southwestern Pennsylvania mansion denies that he drank 52 bottles of well-aged whiskey, saying it wouldn't have been safe to drink.
He says it "evaporated" instead.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that John Saunders, 63, issued that denial Wednesday outside of a district judge's courtroom after his preliminary hearing on theft and other charges was postponed until May 15 so he could apply for a public defender.
The owner, Patricia Hill, found the Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey in a century-old Georgian mansion she bought last year and says an expert appraised it at more than $102,000.
Scottdale police charged Saunders with stealing the whiskey by drinking it after his DNA was found on some empty bottles.
Saunders says Hill is exaggerating the whiskey's value.