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DECATUR — A man accused of robbing a Decatur bank may not be mentally fit to stand trial.

A preliminary hearing for James A. Carr was held in Macon County Circuit Court on Wednesday to consider a charge of aggravated robbery a Class 1 felony. Carr is accused in the May 1 robbery of the First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, 3101 N. Water St.

Carr, who has not entered a plea, did not appear at the hearing and was represented by public defender David Ellison. Ellison told Judge Phoebe Bowers that, having met with Carr, he now had a “bona fide doubt as to his fitness to stand trial.”

Ellison made a motion for Carr, 55, to be examined by a doctor, and Bowers agreed. The medical examination was ordered, and Bowers scheduled a fitness hearing for June 13, when the court will hear the results of the psychological tests and decide what to do next.

Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott told Bowers he had no objection to the fitness examination.

A sworn Decatur police affidavit describing the robbery said Carr, who was visiting Decatur from Oklahoma, had walked in and robbed the bank’s branch after implying he had a weapon.

Decatur police officer Trevor S. Stalets said Carr never got far and was arrested with stunning speed. Police were alerted to the robbery at 8:08 a.m., and Carr was tracked to a room at the nearby Decatur Inn, 3035 N. Water St., and was in custody by 8:20 a.m.

Carr remained in the Macon County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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