HIBBING – William Lindeman was to have gone to trial here this week following a March 2018 robbery at the American Bank branch office in Orr. Numerous delays have now pushed the jury trial date to …
HIBBING – William Lindeman was to have gone to trial here this week following a March 2018 robbery at the American Bank branch office in Orr. Numerous delays have now pushed the jury trial date to Aug. 8.
Following the incident, Lindeman was charged with First Degree Aggravated Robbery. He has pled not guilty to the charge.
According to court documents in St. Louis County, Lindeman has fired at least two of his assigned public defenders and as recently as March of this year tried to represent himself in the case.
Court documents also show that Lindeman requested a Rule 20 hearing in writing earlier this spring. Rule 20 hearings are part of a court mental health evaluation that can also be used to determine whether a defendant is eligible and/or able to represent themselves without an attorney.
Lindeman has also requested that Judge Mark Starr be removed from the case since Starr was the judge who signed the warrant for his arrest. That request was denied.
Lindeman has been in the St. Louis County Jail since his arrest 16 months ago. His bail is set at $50,000.
Lindeman is accused of pepper-spraying two bank tellers at the American Bank adjacent to Pelican Bay Foods before fleeing the scene on an ATV. Law enforcement officers quickly caught up with him at his residence after following tracks left behind in the snow from the bank to his residence. Lindeman was arrested without incident. The two tellers were taken to the Cook Hospital and treated for exposure to pepper spray.
Witnesses told the Timberjay last year they had observed Lindeman around the bank for several days prior to the robbery.