January 18th, 2021

Trials set for man facing several violent offences


By Delon Shurtz on December 11, 2020.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Lethbridge man accused of committing a string of violent offences more than a year ago, is finally set to stand trial, but not for several more months.
Cory Ray Williams, who previously elected to be tried by a provincial court judge, is scheduled to stand trial for five days beginning May 10, 2021, his lawyer confirmed Wednesday in Lethbridge provincial court.
On Nov. 4 Calgary lawyer Andre Ouellette, Williams’ third lawyer, pleaded not guilty on behalf of his client 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.
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.
Williams, 41, remains in custody at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre.­

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