Bank robbery suspect indicted

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By Geoff Hamill

A Washington County grand jury returned an indictment against a man accused of robbing a local bank.


Ledrick Shontay Edwards, 29, of 131 Wimble Court in Bardstown, was indicted on one count of robbery first degree, a Class B felony, for allegedly robbing the Springfield State Bank branch on Bardstown Road on Nov. 7. Edwards is accused of entering the bank and robbing it at gunpoint. Surveillance video allegedly shows Edwards entering other banks earlier in the day, but leaving without incident. Video also allegedly shows Edwards in the Springfield bank as it was robbed, as well as a vehicle that was later found at his home leaving the bank property.

Edwards was arrested Nov. 11 at an Econo Lodge motel on Bardstown Road in Louisville. Upon his arrest, $4,600 was recovered from the robbery, including $2,700 in cash on his person at the time of arrest.

In addition to the robbery indictment, he was also indicted on one county of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, a Class C felony, and two counts of being a persistent felony offender in the first degree.

Edwards remains in the Marion County Detention Center under $200,000 full-cash bond.

Other indictments:

• Nicholas M. Riley, 21, of 310 Perryville Road, Springfield, was indicted on one count each of fleeing/evading police (Class D felony), wanton endangerment first degree (Class D felony), speeding (126 mph in a 55 mph zone), and reckless driving. Kentucky State Police Trooper Donnie Moses said Riley was clocked by radar to be traveling 126 miles per hour on east KY150 approximately three to four miles outside of Springfield. Moses said Riley refused to stop when lights and sirens were activated, and he was arrested a short time later in Springfield. The incident allegedly took place on Aug. 3 in Washington County. Bond for Riley was set at 10 percent of $10,000 cash.

• Wesley L. Hardin, 37, of 651 Scruggs Lane in Willisburg was indicted on three counts, including theft by unlawful taking (Class D felony), criminal mischief in the first degree (Class D felony) and criminal trespass third degree. According to the indictment, Hardin allegedly took timber from property that did not belong to him between Sept. 15 and Oct. 19, 2008. Bond for Hardin was set at 10 percent of $15,000 cash.

• William Lee Smith, 26, of 180 Rosary Heights, Springfield, was indicted on six counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. From a period between June 9 and June 23, Smith allegedly possessed forged checks belonging to Gail Smith. Bond for Lee Smith was set at 10 percent of $10,000 cash.

• Eric Douglas Pyles, 45, of Harrodsburg, Ky., was indicted on six counts, including one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm (Class D felony), use/possession of drug paraphernalia second or subsequent offense (Class D felony), possession of marijuana (Class A misdemeanor), resisting arrest (Class A misdemeanor), and two counts of being a persistent felony offender. Bond for Pyles was set at 10 percent of $10,000 cash.

• Vince Peyton, 42, of 451 Cardwell St., Harrodsburg, Ky., was indicted on one count of flagrant non-support. Court records indicate that Peyton is more than $1,000 in arrears on child support payments. Bond was set at $1,000 cash.

An indictment indicates that a grand jury found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial. An indictment does not indicate guilt, and all of those indicted are innocent until proven guilty.