Curtis Banks facing additional charges in 2015 HPD murders

Curtis Banks facing additional charges in 2015 HPD murders
Curtis Banks Source: HPD

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Curtis Banks, the brother of accused triggerman Marvin Banks, that gunned down two Hattiesburg Police officers is facing additional charges.

Curtis, 28, appeared in court for an arraignment  hearing on Monday, for charges of hindering prosecution, possession of a stolen firearm and two counts of possession of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm.

According to 15th Circuit Court District, District Attorney Hal Kittrell, the hearing didn't take place because neither public defender could represent Curtis due to conflicts.

Judge Billy Andrews appointed Robert Whitacre to represent Banks for future proceedings.

Kittrell added that the charges were part of his departments ongoing investigation into individuals involved in the 2015 shooting deaths of Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate.

Curtis pleaded guilty to his charges from Forrest County in 2016, for accessory after the fact of capital murder. He is serving a 20-year sentence, and another 5-year sentence for sale of a controlled substance.

Curtis is the second suspect involved in the case charged in Lamar County.

Abram Wade "Pete" Franklin is charged with hindering prosecution, possession of a stolen firearm and two counts of possession of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm. Court records show that Franklin tried to hide information that the Curtis was hiding in his attic, making it more difficult for police to locate him. He is current free on a $75,000 bond.