Fifth Third Bank robbery suspect has trial delayed again
ByFrom staff reports
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An accused bank robber has had his trial postponed again. Joseph Pike Dempsey, 32, of South Charleston, is free on bond and on home confinement awaiting trial, which was scheduled for Jan. 13.Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey agreed to continue proceedings until April when a defense attorney said more time was needed to investigate evidence, including security video.Dempsey allegedly robbed Fifth Third Bank in Kanawha City June 6, 2012. Police said he entered the bank about 10 a.m. brandishing a weapon, forced tellers to the floor and took cash from behind the counter.
Authorities said the weapon turned out to be a pellet gun. The day after the robbery Dempsey was arrested for various unrelated charges, including assault on a police officer, after he allegedly shot at his neighbor. While incarcerated, his photo was shown to witnesses and they identified him as the bank robber. He also faces drug charges after police found marijuana in his home.