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Carr, James Allen


DECATUR — The man accused of robbing a Decatur bank while implying he had a gun is not mentally fit to stand trial, a judge has ruled.

Macon County Circuit Judge Phoebe Bowers had ordered a mental health evaluation of James A. Carr and got the results of it Wednesday.

“The court has reviewed the report and finds the defendant is unfit to stand trial,” Bowers said in the official court record.

Carr will be placed in the custody of the state's Department of Human Services "until fitness is restored," Bowers said. The Macon County Sheriff's Office was ordered to hold him until a bed was available and then transfer him to the state. 

Carr, 55, who is from Oklahoma, faces a charge of aggravated robbery in the May 1 robbery of the First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust branch at 3101 N. Water St. Prosecutors said he had frightened and intimidated bank staff by implying he had a gun and grabbed cash before fleeing on foot.

Detectives were on scene within minutes of the 8:08 a.m. robbery and, by 8:20 a.m., had tracked Carr to a room at the nearby Decatur Inn, 3035 N. Water St., and arrested him.

Carr had appeared in court May 23 and the mental health evaluation had been ordered after public defender David Ellison told Bowers he had a “bona fide doubt as to his fitness to stand trial.”

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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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