LETHBRIDGE – The delays continued Tuesday morning (July 11) in the case of Denzel Dre Colton Bird, as he made his 15th court appearance.
An agent appearing for Bird’s Calgary based lawyer, Tonii Roulston, explained that Roulston is in talks with the Crown, and needed more time to continue those discussions. It was also specifically acknowledged that the delay – until July 21 – was at the request of the defence.
Roulston took the case over at the end of May, from Lethbridge lawyer, Greg White.
White was hired shortly after Bird’s arrest in October of 2016, on charges of attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon, aggravated assault and break and enter.
In February, the Crown asked that the defence make some progress in the case, and in April, White withdrew, with Bird confirming that he wanted new counsel.
Two weeks later, Bird re-hired White, only to dismiss him again on May 26.
The charges against Bird stem from an incident on Sept. 30, 2016, in which a 25-year old Lethbridge woman was brutally assaulted. Following an investigation, the Lethbridge Police Service stated that the attack was believed to have been random, with no connection between the victim and her alleged attacker.
In a media release from LPS, they say the victim was walking to work that morning, when she was struck with a weapon, dragged into the alley off 6 Avenue South and sexually assaulted.
She sustained life-threatening injuries, which required months of treatment in a Calgary hospital.
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