Bank Where Two Tellers Killed in Robbery Reopens Monday

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) - A Wachovia Bank in Bessemer where two tellers were shot and killed and two others wounded will reopen Monday.

William Merriweather Junior is charged with two counts of capital murder in the May 14th slayings of tellers Sheila Prevo and Eva Hudson.

Anita Gordon and LaToya Freeman were wounded, but have since been released from the hospital.

The bank on Ninth Avenue has been closed since the robbery.

The 30-year-old Merriweather is also charged with attempted murder in the shootings of Gordon and Freeman, and with one count of first-degree kidnapping for taking the bank manager hostage.

Bank spokeswoman Evelyn Mitchell says Wachovia will bring in employees from other bank branches around Birmingham to staff the bank.

She says employees who were at the bank the day of the robbery have decided not to return to work there.

Either a Bessemer police officer or a sheriff's deputy has been posted at the bank 24 hours a day since the robbery. An officer will continue to provide security there once the bank reopens, police said.

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