Alleged bank robber to stand trial
Former lottery winner scheduled to appear before judge later in month
The man who at one time won $19 million—only to be accused 20 years later of robbing a dozen banks, including a half dozen of them here in the Santa Clarita Valley—is scheduled to stand trial this month.
James Allen Hayes, who won the lottery back in 1998, winning a cash prize of $19 million, was scheduled to stand trial Feb. 27.
On Friday morning, Hayes was expected to appear at U.S. District Court before U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin for a pre-trial conference, in advance of the trial, but that didn’t happen.
His defense lawyer, Stephen Demik, told The Signal Friday: “We filed a continuance,” meaning the pretrial conference will take place later.
The crimes for which Hayes stands accused, however, remain unchanged.
A little over three months ago, Hayes appeared in U.S. District Court where he was formally charged with 10 counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted bank robbery in connection with an alleged bank robbing spree which began in April.
At that time, he entered a plea of “not guilty.”
According to the 12-page Grand Jury indictment filed against him, Hayes is alleged to have robbed five SCV banks, as well as banks along the coast including: Carpinteria, Goleta, Santa Maria and Pacific Palisades.