On June 22, Reed, 40, and Williams, 20, walked to the bank as it was opening and knocked on the glass, police said. When an employee came to investigate, one of the men pulled out a gun and pointed it at her.
The men made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, but were captured moments later by police near the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and Washington Manor.
Detectives said at the time that the men were each wearing layers of clothing and were shedding one set as they fled in an attempt to change their appearances.
Reed and Williams' lawyers asked Kanawha County Circuit Judge Carrie Webster to throw out their initial statements to the police. In Williams' case, Webb initiated an interrogation even after the defendant invoked a right to have counsel present, said his lawyer, John Carr.
Williams, when he was arrested, told a patrolman that he wanted to speak to a lawyer. Under the law, that should have ended the interrogation unless Williams changed his mind and said he wanted to talk, his lawyer said.
Webb said that Williams did tell another officer that he wanted to reinitiate the conversation. Carr pointed out that there is no evidence of that in the interrogation transcript. The patrolman who arrested Williams was not available to testify.
"I know you talked to an officer," Carr, reading from the interrogation transcript, said Monday. "You asked for a lawyer, right?"
When Williams confirmed that he asked for a lawyer, Webb left the interrogation room. When he re-entered, he told Williams "the only way we can talk to you is if you reinitiate the conversation," Carr said.
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