Accused Bank Robber Gets New Trial Again

September 13, 2011 by Julie Montanaro

An accused bank robber will get a new trial after the District Court of Appeals overturned his conviction for a second time.

Euriell Laidler is accused of robbing the Hancock Bank on West Tennessee Street back in May 2006.

His first conviction was overturned after the DCA ruled the defense team should have had more time to prepare for a surprise witness.

Today, the Appeals Court overturned his second conviction saying Judge Angela Dempsey made a mistake when she refused to let Laidler represent himself.

The appeals court ruling said Laidler was competent to choose to represent himself and was fully aware of the consequences of doing so.

It quoted Laidler as saying, "I'm going to win or I'm going to lose. But I'm not going to lose my life based on someone else not being properly perpared ... So that's why if I'm going to lose trial, I'm going to be able to go back to prison and lay down and wear it; when I know I done did everything I could to earn my freedom."

The appeals court overturned Laidler's conviction and ordered a new trial.

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  • by Nichelle Hollie Location: West Palm Beach, Fl on May 16, 2012 at 01:03 AM
    You dont deserve to lose your life over a robbery. I hope he win because the time he have spent in there is enough! May GOD be with Euriell Laidler.
  • by Ruth on Sep 20, 2011 at 11:42 AM
    Wonder who the surprise witness is?
  • by Steve Location: Not in Marietta on Sep 14, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    Do not fear folks, I got this one! I recommend exile. It is obvious the court officers are incompetent. end him to somewhere likeNepal. Thanx.
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      by robert on Sep 14, 2011 at 01:43 PM in reply to Steve
      exile my a@@ - bullet to the head would cost less
  • by Tallahassee Resident Location: Tallahassee on Sep 14, 2011 at 08:57 AM
    I met this guy before and I know for a fact this guy is very dangerous...I hope he is not put back on the streets to commit more crimes in our city...he needs to go back to Miami or down south where he is from. This guy is a criminal, I'm just hoping that he isn't smarter than the prosecutors...
  • by Anonymous Location: Tally on Sep 14, 2011 at 06:12 AM
    Are we really going to waste another 100,000 dollars to retry this man? Let him go, the third try is NOT the charm in the justice system, the taxpayers deserve better.
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      by Captain Obvious on Sep 14, 2011 at 06:35 AM in reply to Anonymous
      Cousin, I'll bet. Notice the person you want released has been convicted twice already. But you say " . . let him go . . . " huuuuummmm . . .
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      by Ticked on Sep 14, 2011 at 11:02 AM in reply to Anonymous
      Your real smart. Thats your answer "just let him go".How would you feel if you had a family member that had someone walk into their job and rob them. Just put him back on the street so that he can do it to someone else, real smart. How about pulling up his wrap sheet and see what all he has done. I agree with Tally Resident.
  • by Cat on Sep 14, 2011 at 04:47 AM
    Just when you think the judges have done all they can to screw things up, they raise the bar. But then, it's only money.
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      by Marsha on Sep 14, 2011 at 05:59 AM in reply to Cat
      It's only OUR money.
  • by Anony Mouse Location: Tallahassee, Florida on Sep 13, 2011 at 05:34 PM
    Well this is just a loser!
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