Amanda Powell

The theft case of Amanda Powell, which was scheduled to go to trial in March 2020, has been dismissed.

A Benton woman accused of stealing $20,000 from a local bank had her case dismissed, Marshall County Commonwealth’s Attorney Dennis Foust said.

Foust’s office asked the court on Sept. 22 to dismiss the case against Amanda R. Powell, of Benton, due to “insufficient evidence” for moving forward.

Powell was indicted by a grand jury in 2019 on charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking — $10,000 or more, but less than $1 million. She was accused of taking $20,000 from a US Bank vault in Benton, where she previously worked.

The Kentucky State Police began an investigation into the theft in Sept. 2013 when the money was reported missing. Powell was arrested in May 2018.

Foust provided updates on a variety of other cases, which range in charges from assault to child pornography.

  • A man will be arraigned for child pornography charges on Nov. 10. Peter Simonich is facing 12 counts of possessing material portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Since he waived a grand jury, his case will be proceeding by way of information, Foust said.
  • Derek Darnall pleaded guilty on Tuesday for Third-Degree Assault on a Police Officer and other misdemeanor charges. He will be sentenced on Nov. 10. Foust said it was recommended Darnall serve three years.
  • William Holt’s next court appearance is scheduled for November 10. He is charged with Second-Degree Assault, First-Degree Strangulation, and First-Degree Unlawful Imprisonment. Foust said his office has made an offer to the defense; Holt is expected to make a plea. If not, his case will go to trial.
  • Austin Bolton’s case was continued to November 24 for a status hearing. He is charged with First-Degree Unlawful Transaction with a Minor Illegal Sex Act — Under 16, four counts of Second-Degree Rape — No Force, and Custodial Interference. The defense is considering an offer made by Foust’s office.

Matthew Moss had his case continued to November 24. Moss is charged with Kidnapping (Adult), Second-Degree Robbery, Fourth-Degree Assault, Endangering Welfare of a Minor, and Third-Degree Criminal Mischief.