S. Illinois Man Due in Court on Deadly Bank Holdup
BENTON, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man allegedly involved in a deadly bank robbery attempt is to appear in federal court.
Twenty-nine-year-old James Watts’ arraignment Tuesday in Benton comes a week after the Cairo man was indicted on charges of attempted armed bank robbery resulting in death. The charges include special findings making the death penalty possible if he’s convicted. Prosecutors say they haven’t decided whether they will seek the death penalty.
Watts was arrested May 15, hours after Anita Jo Grace of Olive Branch and Nita Jo Smith of Wickliffe, Kentucky, were found stabbed at Cairo’s First National Bank. Both women died. A third worker survived.
Watts is accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm and is held without bond.
Watts’ court-appointed lawyer hasn’t commented on the case.
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