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