Troxell pleads not guilty in bank robbery

Judge hears “puzzling” case

Jeffrey W. Troxell, Jr., entered a plea of not guilty to a single count of robbery during his arraignment in Fluvanna County Circuit Court Friday (Jan. 5). 

Troxell, 27, was indicted in December for the Oct. 10 robbery of the Union Bank & Trust in Palmyra. He was arrested near his home in Chesterfield County two days later.

Few details of the crime emerged during the brief arraignment. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Todd Shockley did note that the perpetrator did not use a weapon in the incident. 

Defense attorney John Gibson asked Judge Richard Moore to order a psychiatric evaluation for his client while he remains in custody at Central Virginia Regional Jail. 

Gibson told Moore that Troxell’s parents had spoken to him about mental health issues Troxell had exhibited in the past, and an examination might help to clarify the exact nature of those issues.

Moore said he was unsure if he could order the evaluation if Gibson was not looking at raising competency as a potential defense, but would hear any motions showing his authority to do so.

Troxell waived his right to a jury trial. He will face a bench trial before Moore April 30.

A “puzzling” case

Also arraigned on Friday was Chanley Junior Anderson of Bremo Bluff. Anderson pleaded not guilty to six counts of selling oxycodone and other substances.

During a bond hearing following the arraignment, Moore called this “one of the most puzzling cases I’ve seen.” 

Anderson served time in prison in the 1980s and 1990s, but had lived a crime-free life since his release in 1998. “He never looked back,” his brother, with whom he lives, testified in the hearing. 

The brother and Anderson’s girlfriend testified that he had shown no signs of bad behavior or indicated any need for money during the period the Commonwealth says he sold drugs to a confidential informant last June.   

Anderson’s attorney, Richard T. Harry, argued that his client was not a flight risk and posed no threat to the community.  

Moore said he found it unusual that a man of his age, after decades of law-abiding behavior, would suddenly commit new crimes.

After some deliberation, Moore released Anderson to house arrest on a $10,000 bond signed by the defendant and his brother and girlfriend, who agreed to monitor him during the hours he wasn’t at work or other court-sanctioned activities. His bench trial is set for March 9.