OTAY MESA (CNS) - A man already in jail on a probation violation was booked this week on a murder charge in connection with the death of a 70-year-old fellow inmate at the George Bailey Detention Center.
Mario Armando Lopez, 44, was re-arrested Monday at the Otay Mesa lockup on suspicion of killing the 70-year-old prisoner earlier in the day, sheriff's homicide Capt. Tim Curran said.
The older inmate, whose name has been withheld pending family notification, was found unresponsive shortly before 2 a.m., according to the county Medical Examiner's Office.
Medical staffers tried to revive him before pronouncing him dead in a common room at the Alta Road jail.
Fellow inmates told authorities the man had fallen out of his bunk bed unconscious and did not respond to their attempts to rouse him.
"During the course of the investigation, information was revealed that led investigators to believe the victim was murdered," Curran said. He declined to disclose the nature of that evidence.
"The investigation is continuing and additional arrests may follow," the captain said.
Lopez was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
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