- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A man in prison for life is charged with aggravated murder in the 2013 death of his cellmate at Oregon State Penitentiary.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://stjr.nl/1rfTNlw) 56-year-old Craig Dennis Bjork was indicted in December 2015 and has yet to enter a plea in court.

Convicted murderer Joseph Atkins was 45 years old when he was discovered strangled in the cell he shared with Bjork.

Bjork’s lawyers successfully argued for a new judge.

He was assigned new representation after arguing in an affidavit that his attorneys had ethical issues and disregarded his wishes.

The Associated Press reported Bjork was sentenced to life in prison in the killings of his two sons, his girlfriend and a prostitute in 1982.

He was moved from a Minnesota prison after killing an inmate.

Bjork is scheduled for a status hearing July 14.


Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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