Decision in Kamloops murder trial looms

Justice Sherri Donegan is expected to reach a decision some time next week. Nathaniel Jessup is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the November 2014 death of Dylan Judd in Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre

A man accused of strangling a fellow inmate to death in Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre will soon learn his fate following a two-week trial in the Kamloops Law Courts.

Dylan Levi Judd was found dead in his cell in November 2014.

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His death was initially believed to have been self-inflicted asphyxiation, but Nathaniel Jessup, now 33, was charged with second-degree murder last year.

Dylan Judd
Dylan Levi Judd was found dead in a cell in Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre on Nov. 10, 2014.

Prosecutors believe Jessup strangled Judd with a red prison-issue sweater at some point after lights out in KRCC’s H-Unit on Nov. 9, 2014.

Defence lawyers argued Judd was mentally unstable and his death a suicide, noting the Crown didn’t demonstrate a motive.

The Crown called 10 witnesses, which included correctional staff, police officers and medical professionals.

Justice Sherri Donegan is expected to reach a decision some time next week.

Jessup was charged with an unrelated murder on the eve of his trial.

KRCC
Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre, where Dylan Judd died on Nov. 10, 2014. - KTW FILE PHOTO

On May 24, police announced he had been charged with second-degree murder and offering an indignity to a human body in connection with the August 2015 death of 58-year-old Katherine McAdam in Creston.

Jessup was arrested for Judd’s murder at the conclusion of a three-and-a-half-year sentence he served for a string of choking incidents involving children, as well as attacks on prison officials.

He has been in custody since September 2015.

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