The man accused of robbing two banks and later admitting to his crimes is asking a federal judge to suppress his confession saying police officers coerced it from him.
Robert Dale Terry faces federal charges over the May 21, 2018 robbery of Hyden Citizen’s Bank in Leslie County and the June 22, 2018 robbery of First National Bank in Manchester.
Terry is accused of taking $16,080.00 from the bank in Hyden and $3,340 from First National Bank of Manchester.
Terry filed a motion to suppress the evidence against him saying his right to counsel was violated and his admission was coerced, according to documents filed with the United States District Court Eastern District of Kentucky Southern Division in London, Ky.
Terry is disputing saying he wasn’t told his Miranda Rights during his arrest on June 22 after robbing the Manchester bank.
United States Magistrate Judge Hanley Ingram ruled against Terry saying, “it is undisputed that he was given Miranda warnings when he was arrested.”
Following Terry’s arrest, he confessed to the Manchester robbery while being interviewed by Kentucky State Police Detective Eric Brian Caldwell and Manchester City Police Chief Chris Fultz.
At that time, he denied committing the robbery in Hyden.
At 5 p.m. that same day, Kentucky State Trooper Jarrod Smith conducted a solo interview with Terry, and he confessed to committing the Leslie County bank robbery. Det. Caldwell then conducted a second interview and Terry confessed to him also. The officers reminded Terry of his Miranda rights at the beginning of each interview.
At this time, Terry had been given his Miranda rights warning three times, at the time of his arrest, his first interview and at the beginning of the confession interview.
The judge agreed, following numerous testimonies by arresting officers, that Terry had more than once received his Miranda warning, yet he continued to confess about both cases.
An evidentiary hearing was held February 22, 2019 in U.S. Federal Court in London. During that hearing the details of the case was revealed extensively.
No trial date has been set in this case.