Suspect in Bank Robbery Killing Pleads Not Guilty

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email
Mugshot courtesy Washoe County Jail

Mugshot courtesy Washoe County Jail

RENO, NV - A man accused of killing a man during a bank robbery pleaded not guilty Thursday to bank robbery causing death and use of a firearm in an act of violence causing death.

Reno police and the FBI believe 66-year-old Van McDuffie pulled up to a Bank of America on South Virginia Street in a cab, walked in and started flashing a gun on Wednesday, October 16.

McDuffie is accused of shooting 80-year-old Bob Sperry in the chest after Sperry, a bank customer, told McDuffie to "get out of here." An off-duty police officer chased McDuffie to a nearby bus stop, where McDuffie was arrested.

McDuffie has been arrested more than 60 times in the last five decades. Prosecutors are still deciding whether to seek the death penalty. His trial is set for January 2014.


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