By Shurtz, Delon on January 7, 2020.
A man charged in connection with the assault of a 37-year-old man last month has pleaded not guilty to charges of robbery and aggravated assault.
Dre Kade Sweet Grass entered the pleas Monday in Lethbridge provincial court, where he also chose to be tried by a provincial court judge. A trial, which is expected to take about four hours, is set for June 8.
Sweet Grass, who appeared in court by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, has been in custody since his arrest in early December. He later failed to convince a judge he should be released, and was denied bail Dec. 23.
The 19-year-old accused, along with Steven Gordon Quebec, 43, was charged after Lethbridge police responded to a report of an assault Dec. 6 in the 200 block of 5 Street South. A city resident noticed an injured man and called 911, and the victim was taken by EMS to the hospital, where he was treated for multiple cuts and lacerations to his head then later released.
Police said the victim was in Galt Gardens when he was attacked by three men who were known to him. The assailants took a small amount of cash from the victim, shot him with bear spray and struck him in the head several times with a metal object.
Police believe the matter is drug-related.
One suspect was found and arrested without incident later in the morning while he was riding a stolen bicycle in the 1400 block of 2 Avenue North. The second suspect was found the following day and arrested by community peace officers in the downtown core.
The younger man attempted to run but was apprehended by the officers following a brief scuffle.
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