Itzcoatl Ocampo in Marine uniform.

Orange County prosecutors Thursday cleared the jailers of accused serial killer Itzcoatl Ocampo of any criminal wrongdoing in the inmate’s death by his own hand with a common kitchen cleanser.

Ocampo was given cleanser by another inmate whose task was to dole it out so those in custody could use it to clean their cells. Ocampo took a lethal dose of it on Nov. 28, 2013, according to the report by Senior Deputy District Attorney Scott Simmons. The legal opinion from prosecutors to Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens was revealed in a letter to the county’s top cop dated today.

The 25-year-old Ocampo died on Thanksgiving as he was awaiting trial on charges of killing his friend’s 53-year-old mother, Raquel Herrera, and her 34- year-old son, Juan Herrera, in their Yorba Linda home on Oct. 25, 2011, before he went on a spree of killing four transients.

When he was initially arrested in January 2012 he told a nurse he had tried to suffocate himself in 2010, so he was housed in a special unit of the jail under suicide watch. In February of that year medical staff concluded he held his breath and faked unconsciousness in one incident.

In March of that year he admitted slamming his head into a wall several times and was again placed in a special unit under a suicide watch.

While in custody Ocampo was prescribed Zoloft, which is prescribed for post-traumatic stress disorder, Zydis, which is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, an anti-depressant Celexa, Remeron for a major depressive disorder, Inderal to treat tremors, chest pains, hypertension and heart rhythm disorders and Paxil, which is prescribed for depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety and PTSD.

Deputy Daniel Castillo said Ocampo did not interact with staff or inmates initially, but he warmed up over time and was generally “calm and cooperative,” according to the report. But between March 2012 and July 2013, Ocampo refused to take his medicine 16 different times.

Ocampo had never asked for the cleanser when it was being handed out until Nov. 25, 2013. On that day he was given a small amount of cleanser.

Ocampo appeared sick the evening of Nov. 27, 2013, but he declined any assistance. Later he was seen guzzling water and vomiting, according to Simmons.

“Deputy Castillo saw Ocampo sitting partially on his toilet and defecating into a brown paper bag,” according to the report. “Deputy Castillo asked Ocampo if he was OK, and he responded, ‘Yes.’ Deputy Castillo asked Ocampo if he needed medical attention and he replied, “No.”

Ocampo was taken to a second-floor dispensary, and he started shaking as if he were having a seizure. He was later disconnected from life support when he sustained breath death, according to the report.

“In this case, there is no evidence whatsoever of express or implied malice on the part of any OCSD personnel or any inmates or other individuals under the supervision of the (sheriff).”

Simmons wrote in the report.

— Wire reports 

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