Robbery Defendant Eyes InsanityDefense

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LISBON, Ohio - (02/10/06) – A man who allegedly beganthrowing money out of his car as he drove away from an armedrobbery at Tri-State CU last November has pleaded not guilty byreason of insanity. A state judge has ordered a mental evaluationfor Robert Smith, 44, of Lake Milton, and has cancelled the trialscheduled for next way until the evaluation is complete. Smithallegedly made off with $6,540, which witnesses said he beganthrowing out the window of his car as he fled north on state Route11 with police in pursuit. Smith has a long criminal record thatincludes convictions for robbery (four times), theft, forgery andpassing bad checks.

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