Inmates Who Escaped B.C. Prison For 2 Days Charged With Murder

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LANGFORD, B.C. — Two inmates who escaped from a Vancouver Island prison have been charged with first-degree murder over allegations they killed a man during their brief break out. RCMP say James Busch and Zachary Armitage are accused of killing 60-year-old Martin Payne, whose body was found in his Victoria-area home on July 12 last year. Police were alerted on July 8 last year that the two men had escaped from the minimum security William Head Institution near Victoria and an off-duty officer spotted the men two days later, leading to the arrest. It was only when Payne failed to show up for work that officers found his body days later and a news release issued at the time said they were looking for the victim’s red Ford-F 150 truck.