February 21st, 2024

Trial set on firearms/assault charges


By Lethbridge Herald on October 20, 2023.

Delon Shurtz
Lethbridge Herald

A 41-year-old Lethbridge man charged in relation to an assault and shooting of another man earlier this year is set to stand trial next year.

Robert Duane Vincent is scheduled to stand trial for five days beginning June 3, 2024. The dates were set Tuesday in Lethbridge court of justice, where his lawyer, Robin McIntyre of Calgary, appeared on his behalf.

Vincent, who is in custody at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, is charged with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, assaulting/choking, theft of a vehicle, discharge a firearm with intent to injure, use of a firearm while committing an offence, careless use/storage of a firearm, pointing a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, knowingly possessing an unauthorized firearm, possession of a firearm while prohibited, robbery with a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and mischief causing damage.

Lethbridge police reported that at about 6:26 a.m. on March 20 they responded to a 911 call that a man had been assaulted in his home on Rutgers Crescent West. The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for a gunshot wound.

Investigators determined the 54-year-old victim confronted his ex-girlfriend and another man, and following a brief verbal exchange was shot by the woman and physically assaulted by the man. 

The two assailants then fled in the victim’s truck. The truck was recovered a short distance away, and two suspects were arrested without incident later in day. Police also seized a firearm.

Vincent pleaded not guilty to his charges Aug. 15, and elected to have a trial in Alberta Court of Justice.

Vincent was denied bail in April despite assurances by his lawyer he could safely be released on certain terms and conditions, including house arrest. 

The accused is expected seek his release again today during a detention review in Lethbridge Court of King’s Bench.

Kristina Hatcher, who is accused of shooting her ex-boyfriend, pleaded not guilty in August and elected to be tried in Alberta Court of Justice.

She remains in custody and is set to stand trial April 16-19 and 22, 2024 on charges of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, assault/choking, theft of a vehicle, discharging a firearm with intent to injure, use of a firearm while committing an offence, careless use/storage of a firearm, pointing a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm knowing possession is unauthorized, robbery with a firearm, mischief causing damage under $5,000, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.

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