Closing arguments delivered at trial of guards in death of Adam Kargus
Crown Attorney Fraser Kelly told the jury Thursday that the two accused didn’t properly do their jobs on the night Adam Kargus was killed.
“Adam Kargus is dead, he was killed under their watch...these two men...failed to do their duties.”
Two Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre guards, manager Stephen Jurkus and Leslie Lonsbary, have pleaded not guilty to charges of failing to provide the necessaries of life in his death.
Kelly pointed the finger directly at the two in his closing statements saying, "This is not a case of doing the wrong thing, this is a case of doing nothing."
He continued, "Mr. Lonsbary heard what was going on in there...he know about the drunkeness...he could have moved Mr. Kargus or Mr. George."
About Jurkus he said, "A manager has the ability to move somebody into [segregation]...they did absolutely nothing when there was a duty to do something."
Kargus was beaten to death by his cellmate Anthony George in Oct. 2013. George pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case.
The defence began delivering their closing submissions Thursday afternoon.
Pat Ducharme, the attorney for Jurkus, told the jury is client is not guilty.
He says Jurkus didn't know Kargus was in any possible danger, "Mr. Jurkus did not know Adam Kargus at all...There was no suggestion anyone was in danger."
Ron Ellis, the lawyer for Lonsbary, echoed those sentiments saying, "There is zero evidence that my client heard anything...He didn't hear any alarming noise."
The case is expected to be in the hands of the jury on Monday after the judge’s charge.