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Man Accused Of Taking Dead Friend For Joy Ride Pleads Not Guilty

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Robert Young (credit: Denver Police Dept.)

Robert Young (credit: Denver Police Dept.)

DENVER (CBS4)- One of the men accused of taking his dead friend for a night on the town said he’s not guilty.

Robert Young pleaded not guilty to identity theft and abuse of a corpse in court Thursday in a case that’s been compared to the movie “Weekend at Bernie’s.”

Co-defendant Mark Rubinson is scheduled to appear in court on Friday on similar charges.

Police said Young, 43, and Rubinson, 25, took Jarrett, 43, to visit bars and restaurants and also allegedly stopped at Shotgun Willie’s, a strip club, and took money out of Jarrett’s account at an ATM before telling police their friend might be dead.

Young is scheduled for a disposition hearing Jan. 19, 2012.

The medical examiner said Jeffery Jarrett died with cocaine and alcohol in his system.

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Mark Rubinson (credit: Denver Police Dept.)

jeff jarrett Man Accused Of Taking Dead Friend For Joy Ride Pleads Not Guilty

Jeffrey Jarrett (credit: Jarrett family)

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