The alleged ringleader and mastermind of a deadly shoot-first-rob-later armored truck scheme was notably absent Tuesday during opening arguments in Houston federal courtroom for 4 males accused of serving to the sniper killed in a shootout with police.
That was the one point the government legal professionals and the defense agreed on.
The place they differed was concerning the understanding participation of every of the suspected accomplices in the scheme.
Assistant U.S. Lawyer Heather Winter stated that on on Aug. 29, 2016, Redrick Batiste, the slain crime boss, fired three photographs on the courier replenishing the cash at a Wells Fargo ATM at U.S. 290 and Hollister. Because the victim, David Guzman, lay dying, the prosecutor stated, Nelson Alexander Polk drove up and another man scooped up luggage containing what turned out to be $one hundred twenty,000. She stated another defendant, Marc Anthony Hill, was within the neighborhood of the financial institution on the time. Testimony would show each males spent hours scoping the bank, she stated.
The alleged driver’s lawyer, Nicole DeBorde argued that Batiste was a flashy, dynamic man with a secret felony aspect and Polk had no concept what he was doing was legal. Hill, who is Polk’s uncle and is representing himself, stated he was doing one thing else within the area and had no position in the crime. Each males additionally denied involvement in one other scheme, on Dec. 7 at an Amegy bank.
The prosecutor stated Hill and John Edward Scott, one other defendant, could be heard in tapped telephone calls with Batiste by which he mentioned one other attainable capturing at a financial institution they have been considering in November. Scott can also be accused of renting a lodge room where the lads planned to collect earlier than and after the December crime. Scott’s lawyer, George Michael DeGeurin, Jr., stated his shopper’s only error was in…