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Accused bank robber found not guilty on three charges, mistrial declared on other charges

Published 2:35pm Wednesday, November 21, 2012

NATCHEZ — The man accused of shooting a sheriff’s deputy and robbing a local bank in June 2011 has been found not guilty on three of the five charges against him.

A jury found Kendrick D. Smith, 23, 68-A Lagrange Road, not guilty of two counts of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer and one count of aggravated assault.

After an hour and a half of deliberations, the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on the armed robbery charge or the third charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Smith was charged with reportedly shooting Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Buddy Frank and reportedly robbing United Mississippi Bank on U.S. 61 South on June 24, 2011.

Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson declared a mistrial for the those two counts after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Smith was turned over to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office pending further proceedings in the case.

  • Justice

    Proof of the ignorance that exist today in Natchez.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure race had nothing to do with this jury’s verdict.

  • Anonymous

    So if he isn’t guilty of assaulting the deputy, then he can sue the Sheriff Dept for shooting him.

  • Anonymous

    The prosecutors should have known better. This has been twice that they didn’t send anything to the lab. Just Trust Us isn’t working.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/becky.starland Becky Starland

    It was a mistrial on that charge, so at this time he can’t sue. He can only pray the courts have mercy on him during the next trial.. The Natchez Police Department should have sent the items recovered to the LAB for DNA!!!!!! What is the point in robbing a bank without covering your face. Come on people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/becky.starland Becky Starland

    Way to go Joe Belling on being lazy and assuming the justice system and the jurors could comprehend the evidence. Half the jurors prob knew this scum bag or knew the lawyers that defended all the lies this crook told them. Disgusting on the lack of police work from the PD.

  • Anonymous

    Time to start hiring Jury Consultants in high profile cases such as this one Mr. District Attorney. Our community is racially divided and despite racial issues personal crimes should provide mitigating circumstances. Discretion should only be used in cases, which involve crimes of property… Life is hard; however, it is not an excuse to allow people who harm others walk free. On the other hand counseling is free to those, who cannot afford it. When we pick jurors they represent the people of Adams County. It is my concern that the jurors we hire are at least competent enough to understand the arguments being made by the presecution. It is also my concern that the prosecution is up to date on training techniques for prosecution.

  • Anonymous

    Around here Little Johnny could be sitting on the floor with a cookie in each hand, crumbs on his belly, a cookie in his mouth, the broken cookie jar on the floor beside him, and a jury would find insufficient evidence that he was the one thieving cookies. Sad! So sad!!!