By Shurtz, Delon on November 2, 2019.
One of two men charged in connection with a robbery at a Lethbridge hotel last month has decided to fight the charges.
Corey Nelson Amyotte pleaded not guilty to several charges Friday in Lethbridge provincial court, where he appeared briefly by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre. The accused also elected to be tried by a provincial court judge, and the matter was adjourned to the Case Management Office to set a one-day trial.
Amyotte, 32, is charged with one count each of robbery, unlawful confinement and wearing a disguise in the commission of an offence.
The charges stem from a robbery Oct. 16 at the Superlodge Hotel in the 2200 block of 7 Avenue South, and subsequent search of property in the 4000 block of 43 Street South.
Kyle James Youngpine, 29, also of Lethbridge, faces the same charges. He was released by a justice of the peace following his arrest, and is scheduled to appear in court next Friday.
Amyotte also faces three counts of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of stolen property under $5,000 in relation to a drug bust last March.
Officers from ALERT Lethbridge’s organized crime team, and from Lethbridge, Taber, Blood Tribe and the RCMP police departments, raided two city homes March 26 and seized 468 carfentanil pills, 30 grams of cocaine, 48 codeine pills, 3.2 grams of methamphetamine and $1,250 in cash.
Amyotte and Keisha Tallow, 26, were both arrested the same day. Tallow was charged with two counts of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of stolen property under $5,000.
Both accused were released from custody shortly afterward but ordered to attend court later. Tallow, however, failed to show up for her court hearing Sept. 12 and a warrant was issued for her arrest. The warrant was recalled Oct. 10 and she is scheduled to return to court Thursday.
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