Con­victed mur­derer from L.A. County dies in pos­si­ble prison homi­cide

Antelope Valley Press - - News -

LOS AN­GE­LES (CNS) — A man who was con­victed in Los An­ge­les County of mur­der died Thurs­day after be­ing found un­re­spon­sive in his state prison cell, and au­thor­i­ties have iden­ti­fied his cell­mate as a sus­pect in the death.

Lawrence Tate, 63, was pro­nounced dead at a med­i­cal cen­ter shortly after 2 a.m., about three hours after he was found un­re­spon­sive in his cell in North Kern State Prison’s Fa­cil­ity B in De­lano, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by prison of­fi­cials.

Tate had been in state prison since Novem­ber 2001 and was serv­ing a po­ten­tial life prison term for sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, of­fi­cials said.

His cell­mate, Wil­lie Clay, 30, was iden­ti­fied by North Kern State Prison

of­fi­cials as a sus­pect, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

Clay had been trans­ferred last month to the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion from River­side County, where he was sen­tenced to a 14-year prison term after be­ing con­victed of at­tempted mur­der as a sec­ond- strike de­fen­dant, ac­cord­ing to prison of­fi­cials.

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