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Man charged with trying to rob discount store has prelim set

Feb 12, 2013 -- 9:39am


Southeast Missourian

A Cape Girardeau man arrested earlier this month will see if prosecutors can prove probable cause at a preliminary hearing set for next month. 44-year old Phil Mattingly had his initial arraignment Monday before Judge Gary Kamp. Mattingly stands charged with first-degree attempted robbery and a weapons charge that carries a possible life sentence. Kamp set a preliminary hearing for 1 p.m. March 6. If prosecutors make their case, Mattingly -- already on probation for an unrelated charge -- will be ordered to stand trial. Mattingly remained in custody Monday on a $100,000 bond after police said he tried to rob a cashier at Dollar General, 64 S. Plaza Way, at knife point the night of Feb. 3. The would-be robber, according to the cashier, fled when another employee returned from a break.

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