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Sheriff’s Office: Watsonville inmate died by strangulation at Santa Cruz County Jail

UPDATE 10/17/2019 10:00 a.m. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office said an inmate found dead at the jail was killed by strangulation.

On Oct. 14, 24-year-old German Carrillo of Watsonville was found dead in his cell, and the Sheriff’s Office began to investigate it as a homicide.

The Sheriff’s Office said Carrillo shared a cell with 33-year-old Mario Lozano of Santa Cruz and 25-year-old Jason Cortez of Watsonville. Lozano is in custody for a murder charge and Cortez is in custody on gun charges. Carrillo had been in the jail since April 2013 on murder charges.

All three inmates shared a cell in a housing unit for active gang members.

The Sheriff’s Office said detectives are working with the District Attorney’s Office as they investigate the case.

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KION546 News Team

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