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Hearing for pair charged with murder in cab driver's death to resume in fall

Elias Schiller, 19, is facing six years in prison for the brutal beating death of longtime City Cab driver Ahmed Mahamud Ali, 73, on Nov. 19, 2018. Schiller's second-degree murder charge was downgraded to manslaughter last year. NNSL file photo

A preliminary hearing for a father and son accused of murdering a Yellowknife cab driver will resume in the fall.

James Schiller, 49, and Elias Schiller, 18, both charged with second-degree murder, sat for day-one of the hearing in a Yellowknife courtroom on Wednesday.

Brendan Burke/NNSL photo.
Elias Schiller, 18, covers his face as he enters the Yellowknife Courthouse late last year. Dec. 13, 2018.

The inquiry will determine the strength of the Crown's evidence against the two ahead of a trial.

Both men are charged in the death of  Ahmed Mahamud Ali, a City Cab driver who worked for the company on and off for more than two decades. Ali was found unconscious in his cab outside of Stanton Territorial Hospital in the early hours of Nov. 19.

He was later pronounced dead.

The father and son were arrested and charged days apart following Ali’s death. Elias Schiller has remained in custody at North Slave Correctional Complex (NSCC) since his arrest. James Schiller was granted bail in March. He is ordered to obey conditions while on pretrial release.

A court-ordered ban prevents the publication of any evidence heard during the preliminary hearing.

Following day-one of the inquiry, the hearing will pick up again in Yellowknife on Sept. 25.

Sept. 26 and Sept. 27 dates have also reserved for the continuation of the hearing.

Ali’s death sparked outrage among fellow cab drivers in the city, and led to the implementation of new security features in City Cab vehicles.