, Corbin, KY

April 23, 2013

Trial date set for London man

Faces charges in connection with Cash Express, Taco Bell robberies, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A man facing several charges in connection with two separate robberies of two Corbin businesses now has a trial date set.

Jason A. Wagers, 35, of London, appeared in Laurel County Circuit Court Monday for a pretrial conference with his attorney, Stephen Jones.

Wagers faces two counts of first-degree robbery, five counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment and four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment in connection with last year’s robbery of Cash Express and the robbery of Taco Bell.

In October, a man wearing a dark hoodie with his mouth covered by a handkerchief walked into Taco Bell, pulled out a handgun, and demanded money from the manager. The manager was forced to comply, emptying the cash registers into a take-out bag.

According to the 14-count indictment, the gunman then forced the four employees on duty into the freezer at gunpoint, saying he “would blow their brains out” if they tried to leave.

No one was injured during that robbery. The suspect fled on foot.

The June robbery of the Cash Express netted the suspect nearly $3,000. In that robbery, a lone gunman forced loan officer Kim Winkler to hand over the money, then forced her into the bathroom at gunpoint. She was not injured during the robbery.

Wagers was arrested and charged with these robberies Nov. 2 — Laurel County Detective Jason Back allegedly found Wagers hiding in the utility closet of a Hidden Acres Drive residence.

It was learned during Wagers’ December indictment that witnesses in that robbery, including close acquaintances and his own father, identified Wagers as the suspect by his demeanor, jewelry, clothing and voice.

During Monday’s pretrial conference, it was determined that Wagers’ trial will be July 24, with a final pretrial conference on July 19, according to the Laurel County Circuit Clerk’s office.

Wagers remains jailed at the Laurel County Correctional Center under a total of $151,000 in cash bonds. There are four separate cash bonds, three of them for $50,000 each, and one more for $1,000.