Bail granted to Yk man charged with second degree murder in death of cabbie last fall

Murder suspect James Schiller hides his face with a coat at the Yellowknife courthouse during an appearance last November.

(John McFadden/CKLB photo)

A Yellowknife man, charged along with his son, with second-degree murder in the death of a cab driver last fall, has been granted bail.

James Schiller, 49, was given his freedom, pending the outcome of his trial, in court in Yellowknife Wednesday.

He is charged, as his his 18-year-old son Elias Schiller, in the death of veteran City Cab company taxi driver Ahmed Muhamud Ali last November.

The 73-year-old Somalian immigrant was found badly beaten and unconscious in his own cab in front of Stanton Territorial Hospital’s emergency department in the middle of the night last November.

There is a publication ban on all evidence heard during the bail hearing as well as the reasons the judge granted him bail.

Schiller, who is to live in Yellowknife, has a curfew and can only leave the NWT for a medical emergency.

He would have to pay $5,000 if he breaches his bail as would his bail surety.

Both Schillers will be back in court May 1st for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.

They are to be tried together in front of a judge and jury in a trial that may be 18 months to two years away yet.

About the Author

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).

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