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Woman charged with stealing cars, robbing banks set for trial

From the Times Tribune -

Jennifer L. Moore - LCC

An East Bernstadt woman who is facing multiple federal charges for allegedly stealing two vehicles in July 2018 before robbing two Laurel County banks at gunpoint is set to have her case presented to a jury at trial next month.

Jennifer L. Moore, 50, is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in London for a jury trial May 14. However, it is now the fourth trial date to be set in the case, according to court documents.

The case was initially set for trial in November 2018, but that date was continued after Moore’s attorney withdrew and a new one was appointed, who petitioned for the case to be declared complex just a month before trial. With that request being granted, a trial date was pushed into January, though that one was continued just days before it was scheduled to begin following a hearing where Moore’s attorney asked to have her undergo a mental health examination, which was also granted.

Moore was transported to a federal prison in Houston, Texas soon thereafter for the examination and no new trial date was set at that time. Last month, a letter was filed with the U.S. District Court in London from the warden of the prison where Moore was being housed, asking for a 30-day extension to complete the exam. A tentative trial date was then scheduled for April 5. The flexibility for that date was to allow the trial to be held sooner if agreeable by attorneys, not later.

The order also states that in the event that a plea agreement is reached, it must be done so by at least 14 days before the new trial date. A psychiatric report concerning Moore’s examination has been filed with the court, but it is under seal and the contents cannot be examined.

Moore was arrested July 19, 2018, after officers with the London Police Department were dispatched to investigate a call concerning an armed robbery at Forcht Bank off KY-192, but within minutes of their departure another call was received about an armed robbery at Cumberland Valley National Bank inside the London Shopping Center.

According to police, witnesses called in to the Laurel Dispatch Center to inform them of what kind of vehicle had been seen leaving the scene and the direction it was headed. Police found the vehicle that had been described at Calvary Baptist Church, where the driver, identified as Moore, allegedly fled on foot.

She was quickly caught and taken into custody. Police allegedly found her to be in possession of a 9 mm pistol, which was believed to be used during the robberies. It was also later determined that the vehicle Moore used during the alleged robberies had been reportedly stolen earlier that day. In addition, police learned that Moore had also stolen another vehicle at gunpoint earlier in the month.

Moore was indicted by a U.S. grand jury in August 2018 on two counts of motor vehicle theft – carjacking, two counts of carry/use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and two counts of bank robbery by force or violence.

Moore was jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Facility until January, when she was transported to the examination facility in Houston. Jail records indicate she has yet to return. She is currently being held without bond.

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