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

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.