Renasant robbery suspect cleared

DTL Staff
Staff Writer

A 32-year-old Columbus woman will be cleared of her supposed role in the armed robbery of the Renasant Bank in West Point more than three years ago.

Chauncey Williams was indicted by a Clay County Grand Jury in April 2016 on charges she helped Titus Lamb rob the bank on July 25, 2015.

Lamb was arrested not long after the robbery and was indicted in October 2015. Prosecutors operated under the theory Williams was Lamb's girlfriend and helped him get to the bank and flee after the robbery.

Based on cellular phone "pings," investigators tracked Williams' phone from Atlanta to just east of the Mississippi-Alabama state line at about 1:40 p.m. the day of the robbery but then they stop, according to a motion filed in Clay County Circuit Court by Assistant District Attorney Marc Amos.
The bank is robbed at about 2:40 p.m. and at about 4 p.m., the phone "pings" pick up again at about 4 p.m. near Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

West Point Police investigators also found that Williams made bank deposits totaling more than $4,400 shortly after the robbery, but they could not tie the money to the cash stolen from Renasant, according to Amos' motion to dismiss.

Lamb later confessed to the robbery but did not implicate Williams.

Last April, Lamb, of Atlanta, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, was fined $1,200 and ordered to pay $12,143.48 in restitution to the bank.

Based on those facts, Amos said the state could not prove its case against Williams and dismissed the charges.