Accused killer tells court he’ll plead guilty

Michael Wayne McGray, charged with the first-degree murder of a prison cellmate, says he will plead guilty

Michael Wayne McGray, charged with the first-degree murder of a prison cellmate, says he will plead guilty — if he doesn’t have to leave the Quebec prison where he is being held in a special handling unit (SHU).

In a video appearance in Chilliwack Monday, McGray said he would enter a guilty plea to the murder charge – or to a lesser charge if the court won’t allow a video plea on the murder charge – to avoid “the whole circus” of a trial in B.C.

“If I can deal with that (murder charge) from here … I’m prepared to deal with that charge right now in the SHU,” he said.

“I’m not going to get out of prison,” McGray said.

This is his seventh first-degree murder charge, he added, and, “I’m well aware of the legalities of what I’m doing.”

“It’s not like I’m not of sound mind or anything,” he said.

McGray told the court he was refused a legal aid lawyer, and that he preferred to represent himself, if the case does go to trial.

“I’m asking to represent myself, that’s what I’m asking today,” he said.

However, it’s unlikely the court would allow McGray to enter a guilty plea — whether by video or in person — without legal counsel, and a lawyer may be appointed by the court.

Crown counsel Grant Lindsey said he will ask duty counsel in Chilliwack to be present to advise McGray at the next court hearing.

Asked if he was prepared to make another video appearance on Nov. 28, McGray replied, “absolutely. I want to get this done with.”

McGray, 45, was charged last May with the first-degree murder of 33-year-old Jeremy Michael Phillips, who was found dead in his cell at Mountain Institution on Nov. 23, 2010.

Prison officials have refused to disclose why McGray, a serial killer from Moncton, New Brunswick with six murder convictions, was transferred from Kent maximum-security prison to the medium-security Mountain Institution.

Phillips reportedly asked prison officials to move him out of the cell he shared with McGray because of concerns for his safety.

Phillips was halfway through a six-year sentence for aggravated assault when he died. He was also from the same Moncton area as McGray.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chilliwack Visual Artists Assocation calling for artists to display

Works will be on display at O’Connor Group Art Gallery

City of Chilliwack applies for flood mitigation planning money

Fraser River frontage in Chilliwack would be studied with an eye to flood prevention

Chilliwack poultry producer’s $130,000 fight with the CFIA earns him a red-tape award

Canadian Federation of Independent Business Paperweight Awards ‘honour’ government over-regulation

Worshipping together: three United churches in Chilliwack amalgamate

Chilliwack United, Rosedale United and Mt. Shannon United are now known as Cheam View United Church

VIDEO: Rare ‘ice circle’ spotted on Kamloops river

An ice circle or ice pan, has formed in the chilly waters just east of the Yellowhead Bridge

B.C. man rescued after getting trapped headfirst in well as water level rose

The rescue involved crews from Oak Bay and Saanich

Investigators in wildfire-torn Australia head to site of B.C. airtanker crash

The B.C. government sends condolences to Port Alberni-owned Coulson Aviation

Mud slide prompts evacuation in Burnaby as rain saturates southern B.C.

About 20 metres of a five to six-metre high wall gave way

RCMP investigating sexual allegation against Lower Mainland police officer

Delta officer suspended while the alleged off-duty incident involving a co-worker is investigated

Former Mountie, sports coach convicted of sex abuse in B.C. granted day parole

Alan Davidson was sentenced to almost six years for abusing seven boys in the late 1970s and early 1990s

VIDEO: Person in wheelchair narrowly avoids collision with car in Kelowna

There were no injuries in the scary looking near-accident last week in Rutland

Here’s what Canada is doing to stop the coronavirus from getting in

Health officials are monitoring multiple possible cases in Canada

B.C. still struggling to control non-resident medical care fraud

Unpaid bills, out-of-province claimants a costly legacy of MSP

Most Read