'Weekend At Bernie's' Suspect A No-Show In Court

Arrest Warrant Has Been Issued For Mark Rubinson

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of driving his dead friend to several Denver bars and using the friend's credit card in the bars and at a strip club.

Mark Rubinson, 25, was due in court for a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning but failed to show up.

Rubinson has been charged with identity theft -- possession with intent to use and abuse of a corpse.

Like the movie "Weekend at Bernie's," police say Rubinson and Robert Jeffrey Young, 43, put the body of their friend, Jeffrey Jarrett, in a car and went barhopping before returning him to his home and notifying police.

Jarrett's body remained in the back seat while the pair drank and ate at Teddy T's bar and grill and Sam's No. 3, according to the arrest affidavit.

After they dropped him off at home, and put him in his bed, they took his bank card and continued on to 7-Eleven, Viva Burrito and Shotgun Willie's strip club, where they withdrew $400 from an ATM and stayed until closing time, according to the affidavit.

The two men have not been charged in Jarrett's death. An investigation into how Jarrett died is under way and is pending toxicology tests.

The incident was reported on Aug. 28.

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