Marshall County bank vault theft case rolls into next year

Amanda Powell, charged by a grand jury for allegedly stealing $20,000 from the U.S. Bank vault in 2013, will return to Marshall Circuit Court in Feb. 2019 for the next status hearing. -Rachel

The case of a Marshall County woman indicted in May by a grand jury for allegedly stealing $20,000 from the vault at a local bank has been continued into next year following an unproductive status hearing last week.

Amanda R. Powell, 40, of Benton, appeared in Marshall Circuit Court for a hearing regarding her attorney’s motion to dismiss the charge of theft by unlawful taking, to exclude evidence or alternatively to compel discovery but the case was pushed into Feb. 2019. According to her attorney, Richard Jones, U.S. Bank has not turned over the evidence requested including a teller transaction tape for Powell and Holi Reid on Aug. 14, 2013, teller transaction tape for Reid on Aug. 15, 2013, the entire U.S. Bank investigation file related to the allegations of theft of $20,000 on Aug. 14 or 15, 2013, any and all records, notes, documents, etc. of U.S. Bank investigator Shanna Durham related to the dates above, all communications between Powell and U.S. Bank regarding the allegation of theft and all communications made between Reid and the U.S. Bank regarding the alleged theft.

The order, which is signed by Circuit Judge Jamie Jameson, for U.S. Bank to turn over listed information/documentation is dated Oct. 2018 but as of the hearing last Wednesday, Jones and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jacob Ford said neither had received a response. Jameson, Jones and Ford briefly discussed a subpoena and then agreed to a status hearing in Feb. 2019.

Powell pleaded not guilty during her first appearance in Marshall Circuit Court in June 2018. She was indicted by a Marshall County grand jury May 22 and was charged with theft by unlawful taking, all others, $10,000 or more but under $1 million, for allegedly taking $20,000 from the vault at U.S. Bank in Benton where she was employed at the time of the alleged theft.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Jay Thomas said the investigation began in Sept. 2013 when the bank reported the money missing. He said the case was reassigned to Detective Brian Hill in late 2017.

Thomas said Hill developed a new lead in the investigation, which led to the investigation going before the grand jury.

The indictment was a direct submission, meaning the charges were brought directly to a grand jury and will now move directly into Circuit Court, skipping District Court. Thomas said a direct submission is typical in the majority of KSP investigations that detectives conduct, unless there is an immediate danger to the public.

According to Thomas, Powell was arrested without incident May 9 and lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center. She was released a short time later when Trent Powell paid $250, 10 percent of her $2,500 cash bond.

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