EMDC Employees Back to Court

The three men charged in connection to the beating death of an inmate at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre will return to court June 10.

The new date was set at the London court house Tuesday morning to allow lawyers to go through what’s being called a “voluminous” amount of evidence.

The two corrections officers and a manager are charged with one count each of failing to provide the necessaries of life in connection with the death of 29-year-old Adam Kargus of Sarnia. He was an inmate at EMDC last October 31st when he was beaten to death in his holding cell.  His body wasn’t discovered until the next morning and on that day, police charged his cellmate 28-year-old Anthony George with second-degree murder.

A second investigation into the events before and during Kargus’ death and a review of surveillance tapes led to the charge for the three jail employees. The accused, 47-year-old Leslie Lonsbary, 55-year-old Gregory Langford, and 52-year-old Stephen Jurkus made their first court appearances in April.

Langford is being represented by lawyer Glen Donald, whose former client list includes a number of law enforcement officers. Lonsbary has retained London lawyer Ron Ellis, while Patrick Ducharme from Windsor is the attorney of record for Jurkus.

Kevin Egan, a lawyer representing Kargus’ family, says they have filed papers to sue the provincial government for what they allege is its role in Kargus’ death.

*with files from Lisa Brandt