October 24th, 2020

Case adjourned for pair facing robbery charges

By Shurtz, Delon on November 27, 2019.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald


A man and woman who were expected this week to schedule a trial on several charges, including robbery, have adjourned the matter and won’t set their trial date until next month.

Tila Bailey Scout and James Patrick Williams were expected to set a trial date Tuesday when they appeared in Lethbridge provincial court. However, defence explained a pre-trial conference would need to be held first, and the matter was adjourned to Dec. 5.

Williams and Scout, who remain in custody, pleaded not guilty last month and elected to be tried by a provincial court judge on charges of robbery with a firearm, being disguised to commit an offence, and using an imitation firearm while committing an offence.

Police reported that at about 4:50 a.m. Aug. 16 a masked man and woman entered the Circle K/Esso gas station in the 300 block of Bluefox Boulevard North. The woman approached the store clerk, brandished a gun and demanded cash while the man stayed by the door.

The two suspects were given an undisclosed amount of cash, then ran from the store and jumped into a dark vehicle driven by another man. The clerk was not injured.

A few days later Scout set fire to a fourplex on 9 Avenue North by placing several items inside an oven, including an aerosol can, toilet paper, coffee filters and clothing. She turned on the oven and started a fire causing about $50,000 in damage. On the same day, only a couple of blocks away, Scout lit a fire in the bedroom of her aunt’s residence. Damage to her home is estimated at about $20,000.

Scout pleaded guilty in October to two counts of arson but her sentencing hearing was adjourned until Dec. 11.

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