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March 25, 2019

2/22/2019 11:22:00 AM
Accused bank robbery has pre-trial March 6

The 38 year old man who is accused of robbing the Highland State Bank last month has entered a not guilty plea by standing mute to charges of armed robbery and robbery of a financial institution and will appear again March 6 at 3 p.m. for a final pre-trial conference.
Jermaine A. Smith is being held on a $20,000 bond and is being represented by attorney Jeff Erickson. After he was apprehended and arrested, Smith appeared January 20 for his initital appearance before Iowa County Judge Margaret M. Koehler.
Smith's next appearance was February 1 when he appeared by video where charges and penalties were reviewed and a formal waiving of the complaint was waived. Smith's attorney asked for a reduction of the cash bond due to Smith's inability to pay but it was denied due to the severity of the charges.
A preliminary hearing was then held February 11 with Smith appearing in court with attorney Erickson. That was when he stood mute to the charges and the not guilty plea was entered.
Erickson again asked that the bond be modified but Judge Koehler ruled because he fled the scene he was a flight risk so the request was denied and Smith was remanded.
The final pre-trial was then scheduled for March 6 at 3 p.m.
As an additional condition Smith was ordered to have no contact with Highland State Bank.

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