A man who committed a series of heinous murders back in 2018 has been suspected of killing his cellmate, who was a convicted child ra-ist, at a state prison.
The 53-year-old Juan was found unresponsive in his cell during a wellness check on Friday, as per the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
“The officer observed Juan unresponsive in the cell and immediately summoned for medical response,” officials said in the release.
Correctional officers immediately called for medical assistance and initiated lifesaving measures, but unfortunately, Juan was pronounced dead shortly after being transported to the prison’s triage and treatment area.
“Juan could not be saved and was declared dead at 9:03 a.m., prison officials said.
An investigation into the incident has been launched, and movement restrictions have been put in place around the cell.
Juan had been serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole since October 2022 for committing aggravated se-ual assault of a child under the age of 14. His cellmate, Ramon, who had been serving life without parole, was identified as the prime suspect behind the attack in the news release.
Ramon, who pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder back in 2018, had previously committed a series of brutal killings, including those of his own aunt and uncle. His violent spree left several others injured, many of whom were homeless, in Los Angeles and Santa Monica.
Prison officials restricted movement around the cell to aid the investigation, which is being conducted by the prison’s investigative services unit with the Kern County District Attorney’s Office and the Kern County Coroner.