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Hearing delayed for accused bank robbers

Posted: March 6, 2013 1:50 p.m.
Updated: March 6, 2013 1:50 p.m.

A preliminary hearing for three men identified by prosecutors as Crips gang members accused in a take-over bank robbery last September was postponed for the second time Tuesday, a county prosecutor said.

Phillip Ely, 29, Lavelle Mosley, 22, and Terion Lamarr Collins, 25, appeared Tuesday in San Fernando Superior Court for the hearing, but it was delayed - again, court documents confirmed.

The case was set to get underway early last month but was postponed when lawyers for two of the men had to report for jury duty.

Deputy District Attorney Moira Curry told The Signal Monday that there would be no developments in the case when the three men were to appear in court Tuesday.

The preliminary hearing was then set to begin later this month, she said.

The three men are charged with four counts each of second-degree robbery and one count each of kidnapping to commit another crime. The complaint alleges street-gang membership and gun-use allegations against each defendant.

In addition, Ely is charged with evading an officer and auto theft with prior convictions.

During a preliminary hearing, prosecutors present evidence in a case and the defense can respond. After that the judge decides whether the case should go to trial.

The three men remained in custody.

In September, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office identified all three as members of the Rollin’ 40s Crips gang.

The robbery occurred Sept. 12 at the Bank of America branch at Soledad and Whites canyon roads about 10 a.m.

The robbers conducted a take-over robbery, fled with a fourth man driving, and led Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies on a chase down Highway 14, Interstate 210 and the 110 freeway into downtown Los Angeles.
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