Two serial killers responsible for multiple murders appear to have killed themselves within hours of each other at the same prison.
Andrew Urdiales, 54, was pronounced dead shortly after 11pm on Saturday at San Quentin State Prison, while Virendra Govin, 51, was found dead and alone on Sunday at around 10.15pm.
Officials in California say that although their deaths are being investigated as possible suicides, there is no indication that their deaths were related.
Urdiales was sentenced to death for first-degree murders on October 5 for killing five women in California – and previously faced the death penalty for three murders in Illinois.
He was an ex-marine who was discharged from the US military in 1991, but committed his California crimes while he was at various Marine Corps facilities in the state.
Govin was sentenced in December 2004 for murdering four family members during a business dispute before setting the house on fire,
California has not executed anyone since 2006 and inmates are far more likely to die from suicide — there have been 25 since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment.
In the same time frame, 79 have died from old age.
Attorneys representing inmates said the state’s suicide rate is, for the second year in a row, on track to exceed 24 suicides per 100,000 inmates.
That far exceeds the national state prison rate of 16 suicides per 100,000 inmates.
There are currently 740 offenders on California’s death row.
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