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'Bandanna Bandit' heading to trial

ALBANY -- A man some called the "Bandanna Bandit" is scheduled for trial Monday on armed robbery charges, Dougherty Judicial Circuit District Attorney Greg Edward said.

Jerome William Lowe, 29, is charged with nine counts of armed robbery stemming from an arrest on July 11, 2008.

"He has had some issues with his defense lawyer. He tried to fire one," Edwards said. "He used a pellet gun in the robberies. It makes no difference it was a pellet gun. It appeared to be a weapon of deadly force."

Edwards said he expects that Superior Court Judge Denise Marshall will rule on motions from attorneys Monday. No jury will be selected, as the defense has chosen a bench trial in which the judge decides the defendant's guilt or innocence.

Jury or bench trial, Edwards must present evidence proving the defendant's guilt. He expects to present his witnesses and other evidence starting Tuesday.

"I am very confident that we have enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Lowe committed these crimes," Edwards said.

Each of the robberies Lowe is accused of committing involved a man armed with a pistol while having a bandanna over his face. The suspect would demand money from cashiers at businesses and then run away.

When a man in a bandanna robbed the Wash House, a coin laundry and check-cashing business on the 300 block of South Slappey Boulevard, Albany Police Department officers arrested Lowe.

Lowe was arrested at his home on the 100 block of Frost Street. Police said they gathered evidence during the arrest to use at trial.

Eventually officers tied Lowe to all of the monthlong robberies committed by the "Bandanna Bandit," an official said.

This is not Lowe's first tangle with the law. He served five years in Dooly State Prison for a 1997 Dougherty County robbery, Georgia Department of Corrections documents stated.

Lowe was released from prison in 2002. He has been in the Dougherty County Jail since his 2008 arrest, a jail spokeswoman said.