2 suspects identified in slaying of 'San Quentin 6' inmate

AP News
Posted: Oct 09, 2015 7:19 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California corrections officials say two inmates already serving life sentences are suspects in the slaying of a notorious killer who spent 45 years in segregation after a bloody 1971 escape attempt at San Quentin State Prison.

Seventy-one-year-old Hugo Pinell, one of the "San Quentin 6," was killed in August, days after he was released to the general prison population at a maximum security prison east of Sacramento.

On Friday, officials named inmates Jayson Weaver and Waylon Pitchford as suspects. No charges have been filed.

Weaver, age 38, is serving a San Diego County murder sentence and a Sacramento County life sentence for a previous prison assault.

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Pitchford, age 37, is serving a life term for a Tehama County murder and a 12-year Sacramento County sentence for an assault behind bars.