Guards Didn’t Notice After Killer Beheaded Cellmate: Report

Written by on May 29, 2021

CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) — Shortly after the sadistic torture slaying and beheading of a convicted killer in a California jail, apparently by the hands of his cellmate, jail guards making their rounds reported that each males had been alive, in line with two new experiences from the state inspector’s basic workplace.

The experiences on California lockups increase new questions in regards to the heinous assault at Corcoran State Jail in March 2019 that has prompted investigations and a lawsuit by the household of the sufferer, Luis Romero, the Los Angeles Occasions reported Wednesday.

Jaime Osuna, 31, is accused of utilizing a makeshift knife to decapitate and dissect Romero, eradicating a watch, a finger and a portion of the person’s lung, state paperwork present.

One of many experiences faults the California Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation for conducting a shoddy investigation and delaying disciplinary motion towards the guards. 

This May 24, 2017, photo released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Jaime Osuna. Osuna, a

This Might 24, 2017, picture launched by the California Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation exhibits Jaime Osuna. Osuna, a convicted killer has been accused of beheading Luis Romero, one other in what authorities name a sadistic torture slaying at a California state jail. The Kings County district legal professional charged 31-year-old Jaime Osuna with homicide in final month’s loss of life of Romero, his Corcoran State Jail cellmate. A prosecutor mentioned Friday, April 26, 2019, that Osuna eliminated a watch, a finger, and a portion of the sufferer’s lung. (California Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation through AP)

Why the officers didn’t uncover the grisly scene earlier isn’t detailed within the experiences, the Occasions mentioned. However a lawsuit by Romero’s household says the bars had been lined by a white sheet, suggesting the guards didn’t make a radical examine of the cell.

The Division of Corrections disputed the findings of the experiences, saying in an announcement it had carried out a “thorough and full investigation from the very starting.”

The household’s lawsuit additionally questions why Romero was in a cell with Osuna, a convicted killer and “self-styled satanist” with a historical past of attacking his cellmates, in line with the newspaper.

“The concept my consumer needed to sue to be able to get fundamental questions answered about her son’s loss of life is disheartening,” mentioned Justin Sterling, the legal professional for Romero’s mom.

The guards had been meant to examine the cell on occasion, Sterling instructed the Occasions, and the crime would have taken hours to commit. If the guards had been doing their required checks, Romero can be alive in the present day, he mentioned.

Romero, who had spent 27 years in jail, was put within the cell with Osuna after arriving from Mule Creek State Jail, in line with the lawsuit. He was convicted of second-degree homicide after fatally capturing a girl in Compton when he was a youngster and associating with gang members. He was nearing parole eligibility.

His new cellmate, Osuna, was serving a life sentence for the killing and torture of Yvette Pena, 37, at a Bakersfield motel in 2011. With face tattoos and aptitude for Charles Manson-like satanic antics, he turned a darkish determine in the course of the 2017 trial, mocking the sufferer’s household and bragging to a tv information reporter of his love of torturing individuals.

Someday within the early hours of March 9, 2019, Osuna methodically tortured and killed Romero, authorities mentioned.

Utilizing a razor-style blade hooked up to a deal with, Osuna in the end reduce Romero’s head. He additionally posed the physique, slicing Romero’s face open on both facet of his mouth to resemble an prolonged smile, in line with an post-mortem.

Guards discovered Osuna sporting a necklace product of Romero’s physique elements, the Occasions mentioned.

Kings County Government Assistant Dist. Atty. Phil Esbenshade referred to as it probably the most heinous slaying he had ever seen. “We do imagine that the sufferer was aware throughout no less than a portion of the time,” he mentioned.

Osuna has been transferred to Salinas Valley State Jail’s psychiatric inpatient program. He has been identified with unspecified schizophrenia spectrum, delinquent character dysfunction and borderline character dysfunction, in line with the newspaper.

A decide has dominated that Osuna isn’t competent to face trial for Romero’s loss of life.


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