Trial postponed for Cairo man accused in fatal bank robbery

BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A jury trial has been postponed for a 30-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing two southern Illinois bank employees and critically wounding a third during an attempted robbery. James Watts of Cairo has pleaded not guilty to charges filed in connection with the May 15 holdup at the First National Bank branch in Cairo. The Southern Illinoisan reports a trial had been scheduled for this month, but it’s been postponed until the U.S. Department of Justice decides whether to seek the death penalty. A new jury trial date has been set for mid-August. The president of the bank branch, 52-year-old Anita Grace of Olive Branch and another employee, 52-year-old Nita Smith of Wickliffe, Kentucky, were killed in the attempted robbery. A 23-year-old woman survived.