SURREY — The man killed after a fight between two cell mates at Surrey Pretrial earlier this month has been identified as 25-year-old John Michael Murphy.
The other cell mate, 22-year-old Jordan Cole Burt, has been charged with second degree murder, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) announced Wednesday.
Police say the two men didn’t know each other prior to their incarceration and were sharing a cell while waiting to appear in court in unrelated cases.
“As this matter is now before the courts, the events and reasons that led up to the altercation cannot be released,” said Corporal Meghan Foster of IHIT.
The fight broke out on Aug. 3 around 7:30 p.m. Police say correctional officers intervened in the fight, which happened at around 7:30 p.m., and separated the two men.
The victim, Murphy, was taken to hospital with extensive injuries and died at hospital just before 1:30 a.m. Thursday, according to police.
Burt appeared in court this morning and remains in police custody.