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In-cell Homicide Under Investigation

CORCORAN – Investigators at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran (CSATF) and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the August 1, 2012 murder of an inmate.
Inmate Christopher Bradford, 43, is the suspect in the murder of his cellmate, Ralph Wilbur Baker, 64, who was pronounced dead at 3 p.m. on August 1, 2012.
Baker was committed from Los Angeles County on March 30, 1987, with a 32-year sentence for first-degree murder.
Inmate Bradford was committed from Los Angeles County on December 16, 1994 with a life without parole sentence for first-degree murder. He was re-housed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the homicide investigation.
The Kings County Coroner will conduct an autopsy.
CSATF houses minimum-, medium- and maximum-security male inmates.  The prison opened in Kings County in 1997, houses 5,491 inmates and employs approximately 1,900 people.
August 2, 2012
Contact: Lupe Cartagena
(559) 992-7154