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Armed robbery suspect waiting on mental evaluation

Posted: June 25, 2014 - 3:48pm

The Morrilton man charged with robbing Arkansas Federal Credit Union in Conway late last year is waiting to hear whether he is fit to stand trial.

According to Deputy Prosecutor Jordan Crews, a mental evaluation has been ordered for Demitris Maple, who has pleaded not guilty to charges in the November armed robbery. He is charged with aggravated robbery, theft of property and possession of a firearm by a certain person.

The mental evaluation, which was ordered in March, is still pending due to trouble with paperwork, Crews said. Maple’s scheduled pretrial date on Wednesday was postponed until Aug. 25.

Maple is being represented by the James Law Firm in Little Rock. Earlier this year, he was granted extensions to provide him more time to hire an attorney.

Maple is accused of robbing AFCU’s Conway branch, located at 220 Skyline Drive, on Nov. 18. According to police, a black male entered the bank with a gun around 10:45 a.m. and demanded money. Due to witness statements and surveillance footage, investigators were able to pinpoint Maple as a suspect. On the day after the credit union was robbed, Maple led multiple police agencies on a vehicle pursuit from Morrilton to Pottsville, where he was arrested.

If convicted of aggravated robbery, a class Y felony, Maple would face 10 to 40 years or life in prison.

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Baylor 06/27/14 - 08:23 am

Of course it isn't his fault. He isn't mentally capable of putting together a plan and then run from the police. Oops.

conwaygerl 06/27/14 - 10:42 am

Just tell them you saw zombies.

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