Al­leged bank rob­ber to stand trial

For­mer lot­tery win­ner sched­uled to ap­pear be­fore judge later in month

The Signal - - NEWS - By Jim Holt Sig­nal Senior Staff Writer [email protected]­nalscv.com 661-287-5527 on Twit­ter @jame­sarthurholt

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.

Cour­tesy photo

A sur­veil­lance photo shows the sus­pected bank rob­ber. James Allen Hayes, who is ac­cused of be­ing the rob­ber, is sched­uled to ap­pear in court later in the month. Hayes orig­i­nally pled ‘not guilty’ to the crime.

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