Eight inmates at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano are suspected of attacking and killing fellow inmate Juan Trujillo, 50.
The attack took place in a recreational yard and involved makeshift weapons.
The big picture: The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is investigating Trujillo’s death as a homicide.
- Prison officials identified the suspected attackers as Zackary Holguin, Edwin Perez, Kevin Tello, Daniel Medivil, Javier Castaneda, Robert Toki, Kevin Barrera and Eric Castilleja.
- Prison officers intervened and used chemical agents to stop the attack after the attackers refused to comply with orders.
- Trujillo was treated for multiple stab wounds but was pronounced dead at a nearby medical facility.
- Officials said two of the alleged attackers were taken to a nearby medical facility for treatment and were in fair condition.