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Hearing held for woman charged in Mercer County bank robbery

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Kara Keen during her preliminary hearing held in Mercer County Magistrate Court. Kara Keen during her preliminary hearing held in Mercer County Magistrate Court.
MERCER COUNTY, WV (WVVA) -

One of two suspects accused in the armed robbery of a Mercer County bank was back in court.

The preliminary hearing for Kara Dawn Keen, 29, of Bluefield, Virginia was held Tuesday in front of Magistrate Charles Poe.

Keen was identified and arrested shortly after the February 8 robbery of the First Community Bank in Bluewell.  Police said Keen was driving the getaway vehicle, a red 90's model Ford Expedition. The man who actually committed the armed robbery is still at large. Police later released a photo of the man, who was wearing a red wig and carrying a purse at the time of the robbery. We don't know his identity. Police only stated that the robber's nickname was "Mick." Click here to read a previous report. 

During Tuesday's hearing, Chief Deputy Joe Parks with the Mercer County Sheriff's Office took the stand. He claimed the note that was handed to the bank teller could have been written by Keen. It stated, "I'll shoot you first with this gun unless you give me all the money in your drawer." Parks stated the handwriting found on the note was similar to handwriting found on notebooks inside the Ford Expedition. According to Parks, she claimed limited knowledge of the suspect and told police she didn't know the man was going to rob the bank. 

Keen was charged with armed robbery and conspiracy. Magistrate Poe found enough evidence to send the case to the grand jury. 

A request to reduce Keen's $30,000 cash-only bond was also denied. Keen was remanded back to Southern Regional Jail. 

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