Man Who Brutally Murdered California Couple Killed in Prison
LOS ANGELES—A state jail prisoner serving a life sentence for extremely stabbing an senior Monrovia, Calif., couple to death in 2003 has passedaway, and jail authorities suspect his cell mate—also a foundedguilty murder—of killing him, authorities stated on May 1.
At around 2: 05 a.m. Saturday, authorities at Kern Valley State Prison in Central California found Alfredo Valenzuela, 50, unresponsive in the cell he shared with 36-year-old Noe Herrera throughout a security check, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Staff tried life-saving steps, and Valenzuela was taken to the organization’s treatment and triage location, nevertheless he was pronounced dead at 2: 31 a.m.
Officials stated Valenzuela’s next-of-kin hasactually been informed.
Herrera was gotridof from the cell, and hasactually been rehoused at the organizations Administrative Segregation Unit pending the murder examination.
Valenzuela was sentenced in Los Angeles County in November 2010 to a life-without-parole sentence for 2 counts of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, and automobile theft.
Valenzuela killed Charles “Clark” Shaum, 78, and his betterhalf Bernice Shaum, 70, on either the night of July 25 or the early earlymorning hours of July 26, 2003, after breaking into the couple’s Monrovia house.
In a 2003 interview carriedout by investigators, Valenzuela informed cops he climbedup through a window meaning to breakinto the couple’s house and landed on top of Bernice Shaum.
He stabbed the female and her partner many times, districtattorneys stated throughout the trial. His lawyer argued that Valenzuela suffered from brain damage and was on a 10-day methamphetamine binge when he devoted the murders.
Valenzuela’s sweetheart, Shawna Lenora Robles, was attempted independently and likewise foundedguilty of first-degree murder for her function in the killings.
Prosecutors stated she waited outside the bedroom window while Valenzuela stabbed the lady, then was let into the home by her sweetheart and hit Clark Shaum with bolt cutters.
Prosecutors stated that after the killings, Valenzuela and Robles took numerous products from the house consistingof a truck.
Herrera was got by the CDCR in August 2019 from Santa Barbara County with a life-with-parole sentence for second-degree murder and tried second-degree murder.
The Kern County Coroner’s Office will identify the authorities cause of death.