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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Less than eighteen hours after his arrest, an accused bank robber made his first appearance in Lauderdale County District Court Friday morning.

32-year old Cedrick Lamond Hicks has been charged with the robbery of Regions Bank in Rogersville back in November, and could face several more bank robbery charges.

Hicks made a brief appearance before District Judge Carole Medley just before noon Friday.     

During the hearing Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly stated Cedrick Hicks is a flight risk, and should stay behind bars.

Judge Medley raised bail from fifty thousand dollars to three hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

Right now, federal and state prosecutors are in the decision making process of determining whether to charge Hicks in federal court or keeping this case and other possible cases in state court.  

“We are still in the fact gathering process now to determine exactly how many he is linked to,” explained Connolly. “How many he has committed before we can decide which venue would be more appropriate, or if he needs to face charges in both venues.”

Late this afternoon, Cedrick Hicks was notified that he has been indicted by a Lauderdale County Grand Jury for the November bank robbery in Rogersville.

That indictment was handed down by the grand jury on Wednesday, just one day before his arrest by U-S Marshal’s and FBI agents.

Prosecutors say that even if Hicks does make bail, he will more than likely remain in custody since other agencies are in the process of issuing warrants for his arrest.