Re-trial for accused bank robber set to begin Monday

DOVER — The re-trial of a 46-year-old Bear man accused of a 2011 Kent County bank robbery is scheduled to begin Monday in Kent County Superior Court.

Russell M. Grimes is charged with first-degree robbery and other alleged offenses connected to an incident at the First National Bank of Wyoming in Felton on Aug. 26, 2011.

Mr. Grimes was convicted in May 2013, but the verdict and 64-year prison sentence as a habitual offender were later overturned in Delaware Supreme Court due to jury selection issues.

Russell M. Grimes

Russell M. Grimes

Mr. Grimes was arrested by police after the bank robbery and suffered a gunshot wound during a 16-mile vehicle pursuit.

He later claimed he had been forced to drive a suspect from the bank. No other injuries were reported.

Other charges included possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, second-degree conspiracy, five counts of second-degree reckless endangering and possession of firearm/ammunition by person prohibited.

The conviction of co-defendant William S. Sells III was also overturned due to rulings on peremptory challenges in jury selection that the Supreme Court found violated the United States Constitution.

Mr. Grimes has had six previous trial dates that were continued.

He was apprehended in May after failing to appear for a scheduled trial and is being held at Howard R. Young Correctional Center in Wilmington.

Deputy Attorney General Susan Schmidhauser is prosecuting the case for the state, and attorney Robert Harpster is defending Mr. Grimes.

Judge Robert B. Young will oversee the jury trial.

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