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