A state jail inmate serving a life sentence for the stabbing to loss of life of an aged Monrovia couple has died, and jail officers suspect that his cellmate might have killed him, officers stated.
Alfredo Valenzuela, 50, was discovered unresponsive in his cell at Cairn Valley State Jail throughout a safety examine on Saturday morning, based on the California Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He was taken to the medical space of the institute for remedy and was declared introduced useless 26 minutes later. His household was knowledgeable.
Valenzuela shared a cell with Noé Herrera, 36. Jail officers stated they’re investigating Valenzuela’s loss of life as a murder, and Herrera has been faraway from the remainder of the jail inhabitants.
Valenzuela was sentenced to life in Los Angeles County in November 2010 on two counts of first-degree homicide, first-degree theft and automobile theft. Valenzuela was convicted of the homicide of 78-year-old Charles Schaum and his spouse Bernice Schaum in 2003 on the couple’s Monrovia residence.
Herrera has been in jail since August 2019 after pleading responsible to second-degree homicide and tried second-degree homicide in Santa Barbara County. Officers stated he’s serving a life sentence with the potential for parole.
One other inmate in California was suspected of killing his cellmate on the Vasco State Jail in Kern County in March.
The California Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation stated in an announcement that Scott Gunter, 59, was discovered unresponsive in his cell at Vasco State Jail and pronounced useless 34 minutes later.
Günter’s cellmate, 44-year-old Eugene Stroud, is a suspect within the homicide investigation, officers stated. Each males have been cellmates and had been in jail for lower than a month.