By Shurtz, Delon on November 6, 2020.
A Lethbridge man accused of committing a string of violent offences more than a year ago may set a trial date during his next court appearance later this month.
During a brief hearing Wednesday in Lethbridge provincial court, Cory Ray Williams pleaded not guilty 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, housebreaking and failure to comply with probation.
Although Williams pleaded to the charges last February through another lawyer, his new lawyer, Andre Ouellette of Calgary, entered the pleas again and elected for trial by provincial court judge.
Ouellette said he still needs to arrange a pre-trial conference with the Crown and judge, but hopes to set a trial date when the matter returns to court Nov. 16.
Meanwhile, Williams, 41, remains in custody at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre where he has been remanded since his arrest Oct. 23, 2019. The accused was denied bail in February in provincial court and again later following a bail review in Court of Queen’s Bench.
Police reported that on Oct. 20 of last year 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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