Accused bank robber facing trial for alleged store holdup

DOVER — A 33-year-old Newark man whose Kent County bank robbery conviction was overturned in February is facing a separate convenience store robbery trial that begins on Monday, according to a lawyer and court papers.

William S. Sells III was indicted on two first-degree robbery counts and other felony charges regarding an alleged incident at a Royal Farms on Halltown Road near Hartly on Aug. 19, 2011.

He will be tried in Kent County Superior Court before a jury and Judge Robert B. Young.

William S. Sells III

William S. Sells III

In February, the Delaware Supreme Court overturned Mr. Sells’ conviction after an alleged Aug. 26, 2011, incident at the First National Bank of Wyoming in Felton due to a court preemptory challenge decision regarding a white juror and the U.S. Constitution.

After the initial conviction, Mr. Sells was sentenced to 98 years in prison and held by the Delaware Department of Correction.

The bank robbery trial is scheduled for this fall, said defense lawyer Andre Beauregard, who maintains that Mr. Sells is innocent of the charges.

Regarding Monday’s proceedings, Mr. Beauregard said, “Very scant evidence exists to prove his guilt. Defense counsel believes that if it goes to a jury he’ll be found not guilty.”

Charges in the Royal Farms case also include five counts of aggravated menacing, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, wearing a disguise and possession of firearm/ammunition by person prohibited.

Mr. Sells is facing a second set of charges regarding law enforcement’s alleged attempt to apprehend him in 2011: second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangering, resisting arrest, driver’s license suspended/revoked and criminal mischief.

Deputy Attorney General Zachary George will represent the state at Monday’s trial. Adam Windett will is Mr. Sells’ co-defense counsel.

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