Jury in Gulfport gets case of men accused in 8 armed bank heists

rfitzgerald@sunherald.comJuly 11, 2014 

GULFPORT -- A jury will return to U.S. District Court on Monday for deliberations in the trial of two men accused in a series of armed bank robberies.

Randy Laverne "Boss Hog" Marshall, 34, and Keith Anthony "Thug" Kiel, 38, have been on trial for two weeks on charges alleging they were ring leaders of a conspiracy to rob eight banks at gunpoint, wearing masks and using stolen vehicles as getaway cars. The vehicles, stolen from South Alabama, were found abandoned near the banks.

They and two other men were indicted in an FBI probe of bank heists in May and June 2008 and from December 2012 through May 2013. The robberies were in Biloxi, Gautier, Gulfport and Ocean Springs, two in Moss Point, and one each in Greenville, Ala., and Pensacola.

Prosecutors have said there is a four-year gap between the holdups because Marshall was in prison on a firearms conviction.

"They are professional bank robbers," Assistant U.S. Attorney Stan Harris said in closing statements. "This case starts strong, stays strong and ends strong. The evidence is overwhelming."

Dozens of witnesses, including bank workers, have testified they are still traumatized by the robberies. Several bank employees told the jury they had a gun held to their heads or pressed to their backs while masked men robbed the banks. In most of the heists, one of the robbers jumped over the teller's window.

Harris said bank security videos, DNA from getaway cars and cellphone tracking helped provide "overlapping, corroborating evidence."

Co-defendants Reginald Martez "Bama Boy" Robinson, 33, and Lamarcus Deshon "Black Mark" Moore, 29, have each pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge. They are held for sentencing.

Defense attorneys Jim Halliday and Robert Harenski urged the jury to find reasonable doubt and return verdicts of not guilty. Two people who witnessed the bank robbers leave the getaway car after different holdups testified they could not identify them as Marshall or Kiel.

Robinson and Moore will receive lesser sentences on guilty pleas and have motives to pin the crimes on Marshall and Kiel, the attorneys said.

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