A Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre prisoner accused of murdering his cellmate nearly five years ago has opted to stand trial before a judge alone.
Dylan Levi Judd was found dead in his cell at KRCC on Nov. 10, 2014. The 20-year-old’s death was initially believed by investigators to have been self-inflicted, but new information is believed to have emerged the following year, prompting police to take another look at the incident.
Nathaniel Jessup, 32, was arrested in February 2018 while being released at the end of an unrelated 40-month prison sentence. He is charged with second-degree murder in connection with Judd’s death.
Jessup’s trial had been scheduled to take place in front of a B.C. Supreme Court judge and jury, but he has since re-elected to be tried by a judge alone.
The trial, slated to begin on May 27, is expected to feature significant expert testimony.