Mack trial postponed after defendant hospitalized

May. 29, 2014 @ 06:25 PM

The trial of the Henderson resident accused of robbing a bank on South Garnett Street was postponed Thursday when the defendant didn’t show up for court because he was being treated at an area hospital.

Johnnie Mack’s attorney Scott Hamilton said Mack’s wife found her husband lying on the kitchen floor Thursday morning. She told Hamilton her husband was delusional.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Lock, who is presiding over the case, said trial would continue this morning.

Mack, 56, was arrested Sept. 27, 2013, on a charge of common-law robbery. He has pleaded not guilty. Assistant District Attorney Allison Capps is the prosecutor.

Catalina Wood, the only bank teller working when the robbery occurred, testified as a witness for the state Wednesday.

She said she noticed a strange looking man walk into the Bank of America around 4:15 p.m., and he handed her a note demanding all her money.

Wood said she began putting money into the man’s pocket book. Without the man noticing, she said she placed a money packet with a GPS tracker inside.

The tracking device, which immediately notified the Henderson Police Department and Bank of America of the robbery, led officers to 316 Gary St., Henderson.

Police officers located Mack at 316 Gary St. where they arrested him.

One witness for the state is scheduled to testify Thursday. Closing statements will follow.

 

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