Bank vault theft case going to trial

RACHEL KELLER COLLINS/The Tribune-Courier

A Marshall County jury will be tasked in March 2020 with reviewing the case against 41-year-old Amanda Powell who allegedly stole $20,000 from the vault at the US Bank in Benton where she was previously employed.

A Benton woman charged with stealing $20,000 from a local bank will face a jury in March 2020 after her attorney reported being unable to reach a plea agreement.

Amanda R. Powell, 41, of Benton, was charged by Kentucky State Police and indicted by a Marshall County grand jury in May 2018 for theft by unlawful taking, $10,000 or more but under $1 million, for allegedly taking $20,000 from the vault at US Bank in Benton, where she was previously employed.

Her attorney, Richard Jones, told Marshall Circuit Judge Jamie Jameson last week he and the Commonwealth's Attorney Office had been unable to work out a plea agreement and asked for a trial date. He also said he has a number of motions he will begin filing ahead of the trial scheduled for March 18, 2020.

KSP began an investigation in Sept. 2013 when the bank reported the money missing and in late 2017 reassigned the case to Detective Brian Hill who, after developing a new lead in early 2018, took the matter before a grand jury.

KSP reported Powell was arrested without incident on May 9, 2018 and lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center but released a short time later when Trent Powell paid 10% of her $2,500 cash bond.

Powell pleaded not guilty during arraignment in June 2018.