March 20th, 2018

Aggravated assault suspect nearly dies in custody

By Shurtz, Delon on February 23, 2018.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

A man charged with aggravated assault in connection with a stabbing last month has come close to dying while he’s in custody.

Jonathan Travis Holy White man was to appear in Lethbridge provincial court Thursday, but was unable to after he had “flat-lined” twice at the jail where he has been remanded, duty counsel told the judge. It’s the second time the accused has been unable to attend court. He missed a hearing the previous week after he was admitted to the hospital for serious medical issues.

Holy White Man is accused with two others of stabbing a man Jan. 30 at the London Road Esso/Mac’s store in the 700 block of 6 Avenue South. Police found a 35-year-old man with life-threatening injuries, and he was taken by EMS to Chinook Regional Hospital then transferred to Calgary.

Following an investigation by the violent crimes unit, police also charged Rodney Kelsey Bottle, 35, and Jesse Dean Davidson, 23 with one count each of aggravated assault. An arrest warrant was issued for Holy White Man, who was apprehended later and charged.

Bottle had hoped to be released from custody Thursday, but his bid for freedom was denied following a bail hearing. Davidson elected Wednesday to be tried by a judge alone in Court of Queen’s Bench, and he is expected to set a date today at the courthouse for a preliminary hearing.

Bottle and Holy White Man are scheduled to return to court March. 6.

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