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.
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.