October 25, 2014
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The attorney for a man who was awaiting trial in six California homicides says his client died after eating Ajax while in his jail cell.
Attorney Michael Molfetta said Friday that 25-year-old former Marine Itzcoatl Ocampo apparently accumulated the cleaning substance over time.
He says the death raises questions about deputies' oversight of Ocampo, who had mental health issues.
Orange County sheriff's officials say Ocampo was found shaking and vomiting in his single-man cell Wednesday and was taken to a hospital where he died Thursday afternoon.
The native of Mexico was charged with stabbing four homeless men in what prosecutors called a serial thrill-kill rampage in late 2011 and early 2012.
He was also charged with killing a former classmate's mother and brother.