A 56-year-old Death Row inmate who murdered two people in Riverside County was discovered dead in his cell Thursday, but the cause of death was not immediately known.
Lumord “Lamar” Johnson was located unconscious by San Quentin State Prison staff about 6:30 a.m., according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Emergency medical personnel were summoned, but Johnson was declared dead about 20 minutes later, the agency said.
The Marin County Coroner’s Office was handling the investigation. An autopsy was pending.
Johnson was sent to Death Row in April 2002, after being sentenced to death for the slaying of a Riverside woman and a life prison term for the killing of a Mead Valley man.
In June 1994, Johnson blasted 34-year-old Camerina Lopez with a shotgun, though Riverside police investigators later determined Johnson had been aiming at her boyfriend. Both victims were being robbed by the defendant.
Johnson eluded capture, and in November 1995, he fatally shot 33-year-old Martin Campos during a drug deal that turned into an armed robbery.
Johnson was arrested soon afterward and charged for both murders.
Johnson was sentenced to death in 2001.