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Inmate murder under investigation

Friday, July 18, 2014 — The Investigative Services Unit at High Desert State Prison is investigating the homicide of an inmate.

Just before 10:15 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, three inmates with inmate-manufactured stabbing weapons attacked a 28-year-old inmate. Prison staff performed lifesaving procedures on the inmate who had been attacked and transported him to the Correctional Treatment Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:52 a.m.

The deceased inmate was received from Los Angeles County on Oct. 12, 2005, and was serving a life sentence for second-degree robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and attempted second-degree murder. The inmate’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

There are three suspects in the case. The first suspect is a 23-year-old inmate who was received from Los Angeles County on Aug. 19, 2011, and is serving a life sentence for carjacking with the use of a firearm. The second suspect is a 30-year-old inmate who was received from Los Angeles County on Oct. 28, 2004, and is serving a life sentence for murder. The third suspect is a 24-year-old inmate who was received from Los Angeles County on April 27, 2009, and is serving a life sentence for murder.

Staff recovered two inmate-manufactured stabbing weapons at the scene. No staff members were injured in the incident.

Prison administrators have limited inmate movements on the facility where the incident occurred to facilitate the investigation. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

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