Two inmates on California’s death row in U.S., were found dead over the weekend in incidents that officials are investigating as a pair of suicides.
Andrew Urdiales, 54, and Virendra Govin, 51, were found unresponsive at the San Quentin State Prison on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
Urdiales — who was pronounced dead early Saturday and had been on death row since Oct. 12, was sentenced to death on Oct. 5 by a jury in Orange County for killing five women in California.
He previously faced the death penalty for three murders in Illinois. Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan commuted his sentence to life in prison in 2011 after capital punishment was outlawed in that state.
Urdiales was discharged from the U.S. military in 1991 but committed his California murders while he was stationed at various Marine Corps facilities in Southern California.