‘Gilligan’ suspect pleads not guilty in slaying, thefts

The man accused of robbing several banks and stabbing his wife to death two months ago pleaded not guilty to all charges Thursday.

Robert Lomas, 51, is accused of stabbing to death his 50-year-old wife, Linda, on the morning of May 21 at their home on Huntington Avenue in unincorporated Redwood City. Lomas also is suspected of robbing at least 12 Bay Area banks in a spree that lasted five years. Police dubbed them the Gilligan robberies because of a fisherman’s hat the culprit wore during the heists.

Deputy District Attorney Al Giannini said there is a strong chance the case will go to trial. Defense attorney Richard Keyes has indicated that a defense witness who has been diagnosed with cancer needs to have his testimony videotaped because the witness could perish before the start of a trial.

Lomas is facing one count of murder and seven counts of robbery involving five banks. Shortly after his arrest, Lomas told investigators that he robbed 12 banks of approximately $15,000 since 2002, according to Redwood City Detective Jeff Price. Giannini said that in the days leading up to Lomas’ wife’s slaying, he was terminated from his job at an auto repair shop.

Lomas is facing life in prison. He is in custody on no-bail status. A jury trial date is scheduled to be set on Sept. 18.

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