The man charged in the recent Thomson bank robbery will not be facing those charges any time soon.
A judge in Jackson, Tenn., ruled last Wednesday that Robert J. Martin, who has been charged with the Feb. 26 robbery of First Bank McDuffie on Hill Street, will face charges in Jackson before being extradited to Georgia.
Mr. Martin, 32, of Ozark, Ala., was arrested by police in Jackson and charged with three counts of reckless aggravated assault, a second offense of driving on a revoked license and a second offense of driving under the influence after causing an accident in a stolen vehicle in which three people were injured.
"We talked to them last week or so, and they decided that they would stay up there first," said Mike Seigler, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Thomson office.
A preliminary hearing is set for Mr. Martin in the Jackson City court for today at 11:30 a.m. Bond was set at $50,000 in Jackson.
But Lt. Mike Holt of the Jackson Police Department said, "It doesn't matter because he's got a hold on him for Georgia anyway, so he couldn't make bond and leave."
According to Agent Seigler, it is likely that Mr. Martin will only face the armed robbery charges in Georgia after authorities in Tennessee are completely finished with him.
"I'm sure that they're aware that once they release him to another state, there's no guarantee when and where they'll get him back," Agent Seigler said.
Lt. Holt agreed stating that:"Extradition won't be an issue until he satisfies the charges here."
Mr. Martin caused the accident that resulted in his arrest while attempting to elude police after a traffic violation.
Police in Jackson found evidence in the car to implicate him in the robbery of First Bank McDuffie. He reportedly admitted to the robbery during an interview with the Jackson police.
Mr. Martin also faces charges in Alabama of felony failure to appear, the possession of a forged instrument and unlawful taking of a vehicle. Lt. Holt said Alabama authorities have not yet indicated that they want to pursue extradition.
"I'm hoping, that we get him next after Tennessee," Agent Seigler said. "But that's not written in stone at this point."
Man charged in local bank robbery