Mental exam ordered in bank robbery

By Patsy Brumfield / NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Legal proceedings against an accused bank robber have been suspended indefinitely after a federal judge ordered a psychological exam.
Last week, David Broyles was scheduled to plead guilty to the March 2010 robbery of an Aberdeen bank, but during his hearing, he changed his mind.
Friday, Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills set aside Broyles’ trial, which was scheduled for Monday in Oxford, while his mental state is evaluated.
In court documents filed Friday, prosecutors and his counsel say they “have come to be concerned about his competency” and his “hazy” answers.
Broyles, 35, of the Prairie community, was indicted March 25, on two counts that he robbed the Cadence Bank’s north branch in Aberdeen and used a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol. He is accused of stealing more than $70,000.
If convicted, he faces up to life in prison on the charges.
“The defendant was hazy about the role of the prosecutor and defense counsel, was able to say that the judge is the boss,” the motion stated, “and when asked whose side the judge is on, he was unable to answer the question and simply responded that that was a hard question.”
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com.