California

2 California inmates die in separate suspected homicides

Corrections officials say two inmates have died in suspected homicides at separate California state prisons.

They reported Tuesday that the victims' cellmates are considered suspects in both recent deaths.

A 53-year-old inmate was found unresponsive in his cell Monday night at maximum-security California State Prison-Sacramento.

State officials did not release the inmate's name or other information because of the investigation. The victim was serving a life sentence for a Marin County murder.

On Friday, 46-year-old Miguel Alejo was found unresponsive in his cell at California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi. He was serving a six-year sentence from Fresno County for robbery and burglary.

No charges have been filed against the cellmates.

Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Terry Thornton says officials do not suspect a connection between the two deaths.