UPDATED: Jury trial ahead for Shelburne Halloween hit-and-run case

Amy Woolvett amywoolvett@thecoastguard.ca
Published on January 7, 2016

The live annual auction of Shelburne Municipality properties to be sold for back taxes, is scheduled for March 3 at 10 a.m. at the Court House (136 Hammond Street, Shelburne). 

SHELBURNE - A man accused in a 2014 hit-and-run is going to trial.

At a preliminary hearing Jan. 7 in Shelburne, provincial court judge Jim Burrill said there was enough evidence to try Bill Williams.

Four witnesses spoke about an incident that happened the night of Oct. 31 and the early hours of Nov. 1, 2014.

The 47-year-old was charged Jan. 30, 2015, with two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and two counts of assault with a weapon.

He will stand trial before a judge and jury in front of the Supreme Court.

The Nov. 1 incident happened shortly after a Halloween party where a young man was assaulted.  A short time later, the two men charged with that assault  - Cade E. Benham, then 19, and Steven E. Davis, then 21 - were struck by a vehicle on Highway 103 and sent to hospital with serious injuries.

Davis and Benham were later convicted of assault causing bodily harm. Both were sentenced in May 2015 to 18 months of probation and given a 10-year firearms prohibition.

In the case of the hit-and-run, a date is expected to be set Feb. 5. for Williams’ trial. He has been released from custody on a promise to appear.

A publication ban is in place on the evidence presented at the Jan. 7 hearing.

 

Tense case

 

The case has been a controversial one in the community. It was the focus of a protest  Nov. 27, 2014, by people who said the felt the RCMP were dragging their feet on laying charges.

In December 2014, Shelburne RCMP brought in the help of Yarmouth collision analysis experts as well as the Major Crime Unit to help in their investigation.

As part of the investigation, police closed down the highway where the incident occurred while they reenacted the incident with one of the alleged victims.