A California inmate is suspected of killing his cellmate at a Kern County jail this week, authorities said.
Scott Gunter, 59, was found unresponsive in his cell at Wasco State Prison around 5pm Tuesday and was pronounced dead 34 minutes later after efforts to save his life failed That’s what the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement Wednesday.
Gunter’s cellmate Eugene Stroud, 44, is a suspect in the murder investigation, authorities said. The two men were cellmates and had been in prison for less than a month.
Gunter arrived in jail from San Diego County on Feb. 23 to serve a two-year sentence after authorities say he failed to register as a sex offender. Stroud arrived from Yolo County on Feb. 8 to serve a 25-year, eight-month sentence on two counts of assault and a criminal threat of serious injury or death, prison officials said.
Stroud also has two previous felony and corporal convictions for causing aggravated assault involving domestic violence and personal use of a deadly weapon, authorities said.
The inspector general’s office has been briefed on the murder investigation being conducted by the Kern County Sheriff’s Department and the prison’s investigative service unit, authorities said.
Wasco State Prison can house around 3,000 inmates who are newly admitted to the California prison system before being transferred to other institutions.
Inmate Michael Angel Iverson, 42, died in a fight at the same prison on March 9, authorities said.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-03-17/california-prison-inmate-main-suspect-suspect-in-cellmates-homicide-investigation A California prison inmate is suspected of killing a cellmate