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UPDATE: Inmate Death at California State Prison Corcoran Being Investigated as a Homicide

CORCORAN – Officials at California State Prison, Corcoran (COR) are investigating the death of an inmate as a possible homicide.

At 4:31 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, staff members were called to a cell where they found Chad D. Ku, 43, unconscious. Lifesaving measures were initiated, but he was pronounced dead at 5:24 p.m. Aug. 2 at COR’s medical facility.

Officials have named Ku’s cellmate, Jason M. Kelly, 36, as a suspect. He has been placed in the prison’s Administrative Segregation Unit pending the outcome of the investigation. The suspect was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in 2009 from Kings County to serve a sentence of 70 years to life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder.

The victim previously served a seven-year sentence out of San Diego County for robbery with a firearm, and was currently serving a twelve-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance, marijuana possession, assault by a prisoner with a deadly weapon or force likely to cause great bodily injury, and conspiracy to commit a crime as a second striker in prison.

California State Prison, Corcoran opened in 1988 and houses approximately 3,400 minimum-, medium-maximum and high-security custody inmates. The Kings County prison offers academic classes and vocational programs as well as community programs. The prison employs approximately 2,500 people. For more information, visit

AUG. 8, 2016                                         

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