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Death of State Prison Inmate Being Investigated as Homicide

LANCASTER – Officials at California State Prison-Los Angeles County (LAC) are investigating the death of an inmate. 

Inmate Rashell Clarke, 39, was found unresponsive in his cell at 10:48 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. Staff immediately began lifesaving measures and an ambulance was called. Clarke succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 11:26 a.m.

Clarke was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on Jan. 12, 2010, to serve a 22-year, 8-month sentence for a Shasta County conviction for abusing/endangering the health of a child.

Prison officials and local law enforcement agencies are investigating the death as a suspected homicide and are questioning Clarke’s cellmate, 33-year-old Leron Morris, as a suspect. 

Morris was received by CDCR on Sept. 13, 2005, from Contra Costa County to serve a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder.

LAC in Lancaster provides long-term housing for male inmates classified as minimum-, medium- and maximum-security. CSP-LAC opened in 1993, houses approximately 3,500 inmates and employs more than 1,800 people.

For more information, contact Lt. Duane Bennett at (661) 729-6912.