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Trial planned for accused bank robber

Colusa County Superior Court will try again next week to get through a jury trial amid a pandemic.

Jury selection will begin Aug. 27 in the Colusa Theatre for Performing Arts for accused bank robber Michael G. Jones Jr.

The trial will be the second since the coronavirus pandemic began five months ago. The first ended abruptly on July 30 after a juror came down with multiple and serious symptoms of the disease, said Colusa County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson.

Jones, 50, of Woodland, has been in custody at the Colusa County Jail since last October, and has pleaded not guilty to the crime.

Meanwhile, court proceedings will have to begin anew for a second man, John Williams III, 41, also of Woodland.

The Colusa County District Attorney said he plans to refile the charges against Williams after his right to a speedy trial timed out, resulting in dismissal of the case on Aug. 12.

Colusa County Deputy District Attorney Brenden Farrell said the clock started ticking after the state released Williams early from San Quentin State Prison due to a COVID-19 outbreak, which Colusa County was not aware had occurred.

Both men are accused of walking into the Umpqua Bank around 4:39 PM, on July 5, 2019, and using a handgun to make off with more than $2,000 each from two bank employees. 

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