Prelim for Yk dad and son charged with murder adjourns until fall

Yellowknife Courthouse (CKLB File photo).

A preliminary hearing which began Wednesday for a Yellowknife father and son charged with second-degree murder in the death of a city cab driver last fall has adjourned until September.

Preliminary hearings are held to determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.

Evidence and testimony from preliminary hearings are covered by a publication ban.

Elias Schiller, 18, is charged along wth his father, James Schiller, 49, in the death of 73-year-old City Cab driver Ahmed Mahamud Ali.

The immigrant from Somalia was found bloodied and unconscious in the back seat of his own taxi outside the emergency ward at Stanton Territorial Hospital last November.

Ali was later pronounced dead inside the hospital.

As it has been since both accused first started appearing in court, the courtroom was packed Wednesday with local cab drivers and others from Yellowknife’s Somalian community.

The younger Schiller listened to testimony from the prisoner’s box.

He has not had a bail hearing and remains in custody at the North Slave Correctional Complex (NSCC) while his father was granted bail earlier this year.

The hearing is to resume on September 25th and it is expected there will be three more days of testimony.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.