MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Judge George Hardesty found there was enough evidence against two suspects in the Winn-Dixie robbery to send the case to a grand jury.
Police said a total of three men were involved in the armed robbery at Winn-Dixie on March 2.
On Monday, Jackieth Harrison and Collier Kirksey had a preliminary hearing, and a Mobile police investigator revealed more details over the events of that night.
A Mobile police investigator testified in court that Harrison, Kirksey, and Ronald Crear were friends and at some point recently, they joked about robbing the Winn-Dixie.
"Nothing is evidenced by their conduct that this was a joke. It was planned. It was coordinated, and what they did out there was very, very serious. And, we are very lucky that no one was killed," said Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich.
The investigator testified that Kirksey had been employed by the Winn-Dixie for two years.
She said he became serious with the idea of the robbery because his girlfriend was pregnant, and he needed the money.
The investigator said Kirksey became the ringleader behind the plan because of his familiarity with the store.
Records show, on the night of March 2, the police night watchman left the Winn-Dixie at 10:50 p.m.
Phone records show Kirksey called Crear at 10:52 and the robbery began at 10:56.
Police said two armed men with masks ran inside the store and took five employees and two managers hostage.
The entire scene unfolded on at least nine different surveillance cameras.
"A picture tells a thousand words. Even if you don't see the entire picture, you see a picture of the events as they are unfolding. And, it's very strong compelling evidence," said Rich.
Through video surveillance, investigators determined that during the robbery, Crear was with a manager near the safe when a group of officers ran inside the store.
The investigator said Harrison fired a shot at Officer Chad Wynne, almost immediately.
Harrison and Crear then ran toward the back of the store.
The investigator said the two suspects made attempts to leave, but officers had surrounded the building.
As the two suspects attempted to escaped, they traded gunfire with officers.
Crear was shot three times during the standoff, and the investigator said Harrison soon surrendered.
Crear was taken to USA Medical Center for treatment. There, he was interviewed by detectives and told police that Kirksey was the ringleader.
Harrison and Kirksey are both charged with five counts of attempted murder and one count of armed robbery.
They are being held with no bond.
Officer Chad Wynne was in attendance in the courtroom during the preliminary hearing.
He was dressed in a long sleeved green shirt and sat with fellow officers.
He never addressed reporters. but seemed in good spirits. Rich said Wynne is recovering well.
"We were just very pleased that he was here today, and he had every right to be here today. And, he wanted to be here today," said Rich.
Crear has not been charged at this time since he's still being treated for his injuries.
Police said it's not known when he will be released.
During the preliminary hearing, Rich said Crear's condition is not clear. She said sometimes he improves and sometimes gets worse.
FOX10 News attempted to contact Crear's family, but no one was available for comment.
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