Trial starts for man facing life for Taco Bell robbery


A Bowie County jury is expected to hear opening arguments this morning at the Bowie County courthouse in New Boston, Texas in the trial of a Texarkana man accused of robbing a Taco Bell in fall 2014.

Lamarcus Criner, 21, and an accomplice Justin Collins, 20, allegedly wore masks and carried pistols Sept. 22, 2014 when they held up a Taco Bell on New Boston Road in Texarkana, Texas. Both men were caught the same night.

Criner allegedly had a large amount of cash in his pocket. Collins, who fought with officers, plead guilty earlier in the year and received 35-year prison sentences for aggravated robbery and aggravated assault on a public servant, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice online records. The sentences are running concurrently.

Criner faces five to 99 years or life in prison if convicted.

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