Thursday, March 17, 2005

Bank heist trial ends in hung jury

Staff Writer

The trial of a suspect in the robbery of Citizens Bank of Barton that took place on June 21 of last year ended Thursday in a hung jury.

There will be a new trial for the suspect charged in the robbery set for the May court docket, according to District Attorney Ben Creekmore.

The suspect, Derrick D. Payne, 31, of 4615 Royal Place in Olive Branch, was arrested on Highway 72 near the state line, about 30 minutes following the armed hold up of the Barton bank. Marshall County Sheriff’s Department officers were given a description of what was thought to be the getaway car by a witness who chased a suspect fleeing the scene on a bicycle to a secluded road.

The trial in Marshall County Circuit Court began with jury selection Tuesday morning March 8, and continued through Wednesday with closing arguments presented Thursday. The matter went to the jury around 9:50 a.m. Thursday ending in a hung jury after about four hours of deliberations, Creekmore said.

The jury consisted of nine females and three males – seven blacks and five whites, between the ages of 23 and 50. Two alternate jurors heard all the evidence.

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