October 17th, 2017

Bail hearing adjourned again


By Shurtz, Delon on October 6, 2017.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Magrath man accused of robbing numerous businesses during the spring and summer, and who was hoping to be released from custody this week, remains behind bars.

Derek Ross Blackmer was scheduled to have a bail hearing three times this week in Lethbridge provincial court, but each time it was adjourned. The matter was adjourned Tuesday for one day to allow defence time to arrange for a surety, then it was adjourned Wednesday to avoid conflict of interest because the judge sitting that day knows the accused’s father. The bail hearing was adjourned again Thursday to Oct. 13, but no reason was given.

Blackmer, 31, and Joshua Lloyd Alston, 26, are charged in connection with 10 robberies that were committed over five months. The latest robberies occurred Aug. 28 at two gas stations in Lethbridge; one at Fas Gas in the 4100 block of 4 Avenue South; and the other at Mac’s in the 100 block of Sunridge Road West.

Police said a man entered the businesses, displayed a weapon and demanded cash before fleeing. No one was injured.

Two suspects were found the following day inside a vehicle in the 1700 block of 17 Street South. They were arrested without incident.

Police determined one of the men was responsible for a total of 10 robberies beginning in April and the second man had been involved in three of them. Police said the robberies were motivated by drug use.

Alston, 26, is charged with three counts of robbery. He was previously released from custody with conditions and is scheduled to attend the Case Management Office at the courthouse later this month.

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