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Inquest set for 3 inmates who died of overdose at Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre

An inquest date has been set to look into the events surrounding the deaths of three men who died of suspected overdoses at London's Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre.

The men died in separate incidents in the London jail in 2015, 2016 and 2017

Crosses outside of the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre on Exeter Road in London. (Kerry McKee/CBC)

The coroner has set a date to look into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of three men who died in separate incidents of suspected overdoses at London's Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC). 

The men are:

  • Floyd Deleary, died Aug. 23, 2015 at age 39. 
  • Justin Thompson, died Oct. 31, 2016, at age 27. 
  • Murray James Davis, died Aug. 17, 2017, at age 24. 

The inquest will start Feb. 24 at the Stoneridge Inn and Conference Centre in London. It is expected to last 12 days and hear from about 30 witnesses. 

The three men died of "opiate toxicity," Dr. Rick Mann, the regional supervising coroner for the west region, said in a statement today. Previous reports stated Deleary died of natural causes. 

An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act because the deaths happened in a provincial jail. 

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