A trial began Tuesday for a state prisoner charged with slaying his cellmate at Tracy's Deuel Vocational Institution, having already killed another man at a different California prison.
Defendant John Joseph Lydon, 39, told correctional officers he murdered his cellmate John Guy Alexander because he didn't want to be housed with a child molester, according to court papers filed by Deputy District Attorney Robert Himelblau.
Lydon arrived to the institution's receiving center June 2, 2010, and he was housed with Alexander following an inmate screening.
Lydon approached a correctional officer the next evening after dinner, requesting to speak to the sergeant. When asked why, he responded:
"Well, because I just killed my cellie and I stuffed him under my bunk, and also I'm feeling suicidal."
Investigators testified Tuesday they found Alexander underneath Lydon's bed, as he had confessed, with a ligature around his neck and his head wrapped in a towel. Alexander's hands were tied behind his body.
The nurse who had screened Lydon the day before testified he didn't mention he felt suicidal or homicidal during the interview..... http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130116/A_NEWS/301160312/-1/rss02