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First death row slaying in two decades reported at California’s San Quentin state prison

October 7, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
First death row slaying in two decades reported at California’s San Quentin state prison Luis Rodriguez (L) and Jonathan Fajardo (R)

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Prison officials in California confirmed Friday the killing of a condemned inmate at the hands of another at the San Quentin state prison.

California Correctional Department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said the death of Jonathan Fajardo, 30, is the first killing of a death row inmate in more than twenty years.

Fajardo was fatally stabbed in the chest and neck with a self-made weapon in a recreational yard of the cell house that holds the bulk of condemned inmates at San Quentin State Prison.

The suspect in the killing has been identified as 34-year-old Luis Rodriguez.

Thornton said Investigators were trying to determine a motive and how he managed to obtain the weapon.

The death of Fajardo is the first reported killing on Death Row since 1997.

“It’s very unusual, It’s not supposed to happen, of course,” San Francisco State University associate professor Amy Smith, who studies capital punishment and the psychological impacts of death row, told the Associated Press.

“Aside from the high security, folks who are on ‘the row’ generally have the lowest levels of prison violence, even though it would seem that they might do anything because they have the worst penalty. In fact, they actually have very, very low incidences of violence in prison,” Smith added.

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