Testimony OK’d, rejected for upcoming robbery trial

By NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – One witness’ testimony about an Aberdeen bank robbery will be allowed, while another’s will not.
Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills ordered Wednesday that one prosecution witness’ identification of the defendant, David Vanness Broyles, can be tested through cross-examination because she expressed confidence that she recognized his voice during the March 19 robbery.
Mills rejected another witness, saying she identified Broyles as the perpetrator solely on his attire.
Broyles, 35, of Prairie is set to go to trial July 26 in Oxford.
He was indicted March 25 on two federal counts of that he robbed the Cadence Bank with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.
The bank reportedly lost more than $70,000 in the robbery, but a bag containing the cash was recovered by Aberdeen police.
If convicted on all counts, Broyles faces up to life in prison without parole and a $500,000 fine.