The Ottumwa Courier

August 13, 2013

Criminal cases not over for Cinema X killer

Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — Bruce Pollard's murder trial may be over, but a slew of criminal charges against him still need to be resolved.

Bruce Darnell Pollard Jr., 26, was convicted of first-degree murder last month in the death of Cinema X Theater manager Kenneth McDaniel, but there are still six other charges pending against him.

Pollard was charged with going armed with intent and two counts of first-degree robbery for an armed robbery at the Jefferson Street BP on March 15, 2012.

Witnesses at the BP alleged that Pollard, his face covered with a mask, brandished a firearm and demanded money from two people at the gas station.

"Give me all your money," witnesses allege he told the employee. "Don't make me shoot you."

At a pre-trial conference Monday, Pollard's attorney, Allen Cook III, appeared with Assistant Wapello County Attorney Andrew Ritland to discuss delaying the trial.

"Both attorneys agree that the trial in this matter should be set at least a couple of months in the future, given the recent trial that the defendant was involved in," according to court documents.

His trial in this case has been pushed to Nov. 5, and a pre-trial conference will be held Oct. 14.

Pollard was also charged in another armed robbery three days prior. He was charged with first-degree robbery after allegedly robbing a Sonic restaurant carhop at gunpoint on March 12, 2012. According to witness statements, Pollard ordered a drink and was approached by the female carhop when he allegedly "produced a firearm from his pocket," demanded money and threatened to shoot her if she didn't comply.

This charge was ordered to be kept with the BP armed robbery charge.

He was also charged with third-degree theft on March 4, 2012, after allegedly trying to steal items from Walmart. Walmart employees gave statements that Pollard removed items from their packaging and concealed them on his person before he was confronted and employees found the items. A pre-trial conference for this charge will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 28.

Less than a month earlier, he was charged with second-degree burglary after allegedly taking money from Appanoose Rapids Brewing Company's cash register on Feb. 15, 2012. According to court documents, Pollard "admitted to police that he committed the crime." At Monday's pre-trial conference, this was also ordered to be kept with the BP armed robbery charge.

A pre-trial conference on this charge will be held Oct. 14 and the trial is set to begin on Nov. 5.

Pollard was also charged with assault on persons engaged in certain occupations on Nov. 17, 2011, at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. According to witness statements, Pollard allegedly kicked a female paramedic in the stomach and was "cursing and yelling obscenities in the common area of the hospital." A pre-trial conference for this charge will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 28.

Earlier this year, Pollard was charged with second-degree criminal mischief while he was being held in Wapello County Jail. According to court documents, Pollard allegedly struck a jail cell on Feb. 12, causing the window to break. Jail staff said the incident was captured on security video.

A pre-trial conference for this charge will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 21.

Pollard is currently serving a life sentence at the Iowa Medical Classification Center (commonly known as Oakdale prison) in Coralville.