By Shurtz, Delon on August 21, 2020.
A Lethbridge man accused of committing a string of violent offences last year will make another bid for his freedom when he returns to court late next month.
Cory Ray Williams, who was denied bail following a hearing in Lethbridge provincial court in February, is scheduled to have a bail review Sept. 28 and hopes to be released by a Court of Queen’s Bench judge. He is then set to appear in provincial court the following day to speak to his charges.
Williams, 41, pleaded not guilty Feb. 6 to charges of kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, assault with a weapon, flight from police, dangerous driving, uttering threats, robbery, attempted robbery and housebreaking. He was set for a week-long trial last month, but it was postponed after his lawyer withdrew and a new lawyer was retained.
Police reported that on Oct. 20 a man attacked an acquaintance with a machete but fled before police arrived.
The same evening, a vehicle parked along Mayor Magrath Drive North was carjacked, and the driver, with a machete held to his throat, was forced to drive to several locations in the city. The suspect made the victim withdraw money from an ATM, then ordered him to drive toward the Blood Reserve.
The following day, police responded to a disturbance along 2 Avenue South where a man was wielding multiple weapons. While police were en route, additional calls came in reporting a carjacking in the 200 block of 27 Street South by a man matching the description of the subject involved in the disturbance.
Then on Oct. 23, a woman was walking from a bus stop on the northside when a man threw her to the ground and demanded she turn over her cellphone. He ran away after the scuffle, but was found later that day at a northside home and arrested. Police searched the suspect’s residence and reportedly recovered evidence of the previous offences.
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