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Inmate Homicide at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility

CORCORAN– Officials at California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran (SATF) are investigating an inmate homicide after an incident that occurred on July 11, 2012.

Inmate Hector Juarez, 34, was pronounced dead at an outside hospital at approximately 11:29 am on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 from an apparent trauma/hemorrhage to his torso.

Prison officials and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office have named inmate Michael Rene Romero, 22, and inmate Ramon Salvador Chavez, 32, as suspects in the case. The suspects have been placed in the administrative segregation unit pending the investigation.

The victim, Inmate Juarez, was received by CDCR on May 5, 2003 from San Diego County and was serving a 14-year sentence for first-degree burglary.

Inmate Romero was received by CDCR on November 23, 2010 from Yolo County and is serving a Life term for second-degree murder.

Inmate Chavez was received by CDCR on May 23, 2003 from Stanislaus County and is serving a Life term for first-degree murder.

For more information about SATF, visit CDCR’s website at


July 11, 2012
Contact: Lupe Cartagena (559) 992-7154