Clovis Bank Robbery Trial Continues

October 28, 2008 8:00:34 PM PDT
The trial of two men accused of a bank robbery and wild chase through the Fresno State Campus took an unusual turn Tuesday afternoon. Jamal Chambers and Doug Jackson are facing robbery and attempted murder charges in connection with the two year old case. Michael Holmes was considered a hostage when the crime happened. The prosecution claims after Chambers robbed a Clovis bank, he broke into Holmes' apartment while he was asleep. But the defense wants to turn that theory upside down.

Holmes took the witness stand, but our cameras were not allowed to record his face inside the court room. Holmes said, "It was the first three that I was awaken by. And the fourth one shattered my patio window."

Holmes spoke to Action News just after the car chase and bank robbery in the summer of 2006. Holmes testified Chambers shot out his window and barged inside the apartment. Holmes said, " When he walked in, I put my hands up. I was like take whatever you want. He was like put your hands down. I'm not here to rob you or shoot you. "

A judge also ordered the media not show the faces of Chambers and Doug Jackson. Holmes said he never knew chambers but after the break-in things got very friendly as Chambers was running from police. Holmes said, "I had a half a blunt of marijuana. Me and him smoked it in the room, talked about what happened in the bank robbery. So, yea you could say it was a friendly conversation." Pot smoking the defense points to as proof Holmes actually knew Chambers and participated in the bank robbery.

Holmes retakes the witness stand Wednesday morning. The defense attorney will have a chance to question Holmes about his involvement.

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