St. John’s man to answer to Quebec charges of attempted murder

Daniel MacEachern
Published on August 23, 2013

A St. John’s man is heading to Quebec to appear in court on a five-year-old arrest warrant for attempted murder.

David Wayne Murray was arrested by Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers Wednesday night, and the 29-year-old man appeared in court in St. John’s Thursday afternoon so a judge could endorse extradition to Quebec to face charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.

The charges stem from a beating suffered by an inmate March 17, 2008, in a Quebec prison where Murray was incarcerated.

In court Thursday, Murray fought the extradition, saying he hadn’t seen legal counsel, but shortly after 4 p.m., the extradition was granted.

Murray is to appear in court this morning to answer to the charges.

In April, Murray was acquitted of charges of assault, robbery and uttering threats, when the judge found the complainant’s testimony unreliable and riddled with inconsistences. A co-defendent was also aquitted in the case.

Officers from the Sûreté di Québec — Quebec provincial police — were in St. John’s Thursday afternoon to escort Murray via chartered plane to Quebec to face the charges.

A Quebec police officer declined to comment when asked how Murray appeared in court on an unrelated matter without being arrested for the Quebec charges.

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