http://www.thestar.ca/thestar/editorial/toronto/991111NEW05_CI-MURDER11.html Drifter beaten to death Two men charged with second-degree murder after standoff By Paul Irish Toronto Star Durham Region Bureau A drifter was beaten to death in Oshawa early yesterday morning for no reason other than being down and out, according to police. ``It was totally senseless,'' said Durham Region police Sergeant Jim Grimley. ``There were no words spoken. There wasn't any type of altercation. We believe it was basically due to the man's demeanour; he was different.'' Police arrested and charged two men with second-degree murder in the slaying, but not before a five-hour standoff that brought out the force's heavily armed tactical support unit. Grimley said the body of the badly beaten 44-year-old man was found by passersby on the sidewalk of Ritson Rd. S. under the Highway 401 bridge at about 2:50 a.m. Information from witnesses brought police to an address on Stacey Ave. about 7 a.m. ``The (support unit) had early phone contact with one of the suspects, but he refused to come out,'' Grimley said. ``But they continued talking, and finally at about noon they started to leave the house.'' With a heavy police presence on the street, the first man walked out of the house backwards with his hands in the air. About 10 minutes later a second man, then a woman, exited the rooming house without incident and were taken to police headquarters for questioning. The woman was later released. Grimley said the victim, whose identity is known but was not released pending notification of his relatives, displayed obvious signs of trauma to the upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the man would travel back and forth between Montreal and Toronto and would often stay in Oshawa. Grimley said it's believed the two suspects followed the man from a doughnut shop on Bloor St. E. and beat him under the bridge. An autopsy will be performed at the coroner's office in downtown Toronto. Charged with second-degree murder are John Joseph Oliver, 31, of Stacey Ave., in Oshawa and David Morrison, 21, of no fixed address.