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July 31, 2008

Robbery trial nears conclusion

State wraps up case against man accused of holding up liquor store

The trial got under way Wednesday for one of the men accused of robbing a Logansport liquor store last year.

Jurors heard testimony from multiple witnesses for the state in the case against 24-year-old Terrence Miller, who has been in the Cass County Jail on a $50,000 bond since his arrest Nov. 20 in the robbery of Wedge’s Liquor Store at 1700 E. Broadway.

In presenting the state’s case, Deputy Prosecutor Randy Head called the cashier, customers, a neighbor and Logansport police officers to testify.

Cashier Scherry Gellinger testified that two men entered the store, one younger and taller than the other. While inside, one removed several bottles from the shelf and took them to the counter where the other man waited. As Gellinger began to ring them up, the men asked her to void the transaction and let other customers go ahead of them. During the second attempt to total the purchase, one of the men pointed a shotgun at Gellinger’s face and told her to get on the floor.

She did what she was told. She testified that she thought she might die that day.

One of the culprits came around the counter and removed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. The men then fled. Once outside, they got into an awaiting getaway car described by a witness as a silver Kia.

In the days after the robbery, Lt. Cathi Collins showed Gellinger a photo lineup. Out of six photos, she immediately picked Miller and his co-defendant, 45-year-old Carl Anthony Stafford.

Miller’s public defender, Brad Rozzi, questioned the police method for a photo lineup.

He said there was more light on Miller’s face than the five other photos. While on the stand, Gellinger said at least one other had similar lighting. She said she picked Miller and Stafford because of their physical features, such as Miller’s high cheek bones and his height, and Stafford’s age and “salt and pepper hair.”

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