“Nun-on-the-run” bank robber throws aunt under bus in court testimony
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org February 5, 2013 8:28PM
Updated: March 7, 2013 6:44AM
So-called “Nun-on-the-run” bank robber Lyndon Germel Wesley was in court this week to testify against his former fiancee under a plea deal with the feds.
But it’s his aunt who may end up most hurt. Wesley, 28, threw her under the bus, too — even though she isn’t charged with any crime.
Called at the last-minute Tuesday as a defense witness, Angelina Garth, 58, asserted her fifth amendment right against self-incrimination when asked if her nephew was telling the truth when he testified Monday that he had given her $15,000 in stolen cash to launder. She also refused to comment outside court, telling a reporter she was concerned because “I work for the government.”
It was an unexpected twist in the trial of Navahcia Edwards, who’s accused of teaming up with Wesley and donning a nun’s habit to rob the Palos Heights branch of TCF Bank in May 2011.
Wesley isn’t the only pal to turn against Edwards. Jailhouse snitch Tiffany Hall also testified that Edwards confessed to her.
Faced with a mountain of evidence connecting Edwards to a heist inspired by the 2010 movie “The Town,” her lawyer, Charles Aron, said prosecutors can’t prove she was one of two masked robbers inside the bank.
Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday.