Evie Mearlene Herrin, 57, and Amelia Darci Crew, 30, both of Cleveland, Texas, were set for trial June 4 on an armed bank robbery charge in the March 26 holdup of a Gulfport bank.
The women have since been indicted in the robberies of two Louisiana banks, and a similar charge is pending in Texas. According to court documents, a BB gun was used in the robberies.
The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/KiH08m ) U.S. District Judge Walter J. Gex III on Monday agreed to continue the Gulfport trial, and set a new date of Oct. 1.
The women's attorneys had asked for a trial delay Friday, the deadline to file a notice of their intent to plead guilty.
The judge agreed to the delay and also ordered a psychological evaluation for Crew, who has told the court she has a disability.
Crew is accused of driving the car in four bank robberies in three states.
Her mother, a retired postal worker, is accused of the armed robbery of the banks. Herrin, also known as Evie Fancher and Evie Bowie Herrin, is accused of disguising herself during the robberies by wearing an ill-fitting wig, sunglasses and a medical mask.
In the Gulfport holdup, authorities said Herrin threatened to shoot a Regions Bank teller in the face and left the bank with $12,651. Gulfport police stopped their car in seven minutes, and said they seized cash, a BB gun and a wig. The women are being prosecuted on a federal charge instead of a state charge.
A federal indictment in Louisiana alleges Herrin took about $6,000 from an Iberia Bank branch in Kinder, La., on Feb. 13, and about $4,730 from a MidSouth Bank branch in Sulphur, La., on March 15.
Herrin also is accused of robbing a Henderson, Texas, bank on Feb. 28. Online court records do not show an indictment on that particular holdup, but a federal prosecutor has said a charge is pending.