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Toronto police charge 2 men with murder in Julian Jones beating

Toronto police have arrested two men and charged them with 2nd-degree murder following the beating death of Maryland college student Julian Jones outside a bar in the city last weekend.

Maryland man, 26, died after unprovoked beating near Little Italy bar on Nov. 5

Two men have been arrested and charged in the death of Julian Jones, 26, who died following an unprovoked attack in Toronto's Little Italy neighbourhood. (Left: Toronto Police, Right: Makda Ghebreslassie/CBC News)

Toronto police have arrested and charged two men following the beating death of Julian Jones, a 26-year-old Maryland college student, outside a bar in the city last weekend. 

Kenneth Omorogbe, 25, and Kamari Folkes, 24, both from Toronto, were arrested on Wednesday and charged jointly with second-degree murder, said Insp. Bryan Bott of the Toronto Police Service's homicide squad.

Both men appeared in court at Toronto's Old City Hall on Thursday morning, Bott said.

Police are still looking for a third suspect, said Det.-Sgt. Gary Giroux.

He's described as white, in his late 20s, weighing between 160 and 180 pounds, and wearing casual clothing.

Det.-Sgt. Giroux described Omorogbe and Folkes as "the main suspects" in the case, and said "they have some past criminal baggage."

Police have relevant video and witnesses from inside the nightclub, said Giroux, as well as cellphone video he described as "key evidence."

Giroux explained that the case against the accused will be based on witness identification, not forensics. For that reason, police will not be releasing images of them.

"Until the investigation is thoroughly flushed out and completed, we don't want images [of the accused] out into the public forum," he said.

If police find the third suspect, Giroux said he would also be charged with second-degree murder.

Det.-Sgt. Gary Giroux said Toronto police have surveillance video from inside Blnd Tger nightclub. A Maryland college student was killed outside the club Saturday, and two men have been charged. (Toronto Police)

Jones was taking part in his friend's bachelor party at Blnd Tger nightclub in Toronto's Little Italy area when the attack occurred.

After leaving the bar, the group was "set upon by a group of males who wanted to fight," said Bott.

"The deceased at that point became separated from his friends, all of whom did not want to take part of any altercation," said Bott.

"I don't have any indication that [Jones] was an aggressor," Giroux said.

"I would say that he was down on the ground, in a semi-unconscious condition, being attacked on the ground, helpless."

Police are still looking for more witnesses, added Giroux.

Tobias Jones, Julian's father, had told CBS Baltimore that he was informed of the arrests, and pleaded with anyone with any information about the case to contact police.

Jones is Toronto's 58th homicide victim this year.