Fingerprint Expert Sought For Mt. Vernon Bank Robbery Case

(MT. VERNON, IL) — Fingerprint evidence may determine the fate of a 47 year old Belleville man charged in connection with the 2015 robbery of the former Old National Bank in Mt. Vernon. Court officials are now just looking for an independent expert to analyze those fingerprints. Rodney D. Brock was formally charged in March 2016 with Class 1 Felony Robbery of a financial institution. He is accused of using a handwritten not to commit the crime. Brock, was extradited to Jefferson County in April after being arrested on an out of state warrant. Brock is representing himself in the case and made the motion in court Wednesday to seek an independent expert to analyze fingerprint evidence for the note, which was left with bank employees. The motion was granted by Judge Jerry Crisel and is now pending the court’s approval for fees incurred by obtaining an expert for the case. Two pre-trial hearings have been set for 1:30 p.m. both on Tuesday, June 13 and Tuesday, June 20 and a jury trial is slated for 9 a.m.on Tuesday, June 27. The bank is now a First Mid-Illinois Bank location.