UPDATE: Mental exam ordered in bank robbery case

By Patsy R. Brumfield/Daily Journal

OXFORD – Legal proceedings against David Broyles are suspended indefinitely after a federal judge ordered his psychological exam.

Last week, 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, slated for today in Oxford, while he is evaluated about his mental state.

In court documents filed Friday, prosecutors and his counsel say they “have come to be concerned about his competency” and his “hazy” answers to questions during the competency hearing that day.

Broyles, 35, of the Prairie community, was indicted March 25, 2010, on two counts that he robbed the Cadence Bank’s north branch in Aberdeen and used a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

If convicted, he faces up to life in prison on the charges.

• For more details, read Tuesday’s Daily Journal.