Inmate Thomas Hurst, 43, was pronounced dead on July 26, 2013, at a local outside area hospital.
Prison officials have named his cellmate, Clyde Aikens Jr, 25, as a suspect in the case.
The victim, Thomas Hurst, was received by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on October 7, 2010 from Lake County to serve a seven-year, four-month sentence for ex-felon in possession of ammunition.
The suspect, Clyde Aikens was received by CDCR on February 11, 2008 from Alameda County to serve a 15-year sentence for carjacking with the use of a firearm.
The cause of death has not yet been determined. The Office of the Inspector General has been notified.
Mule Creek State Prison, which opened in 1987, houses approximately 2800 minimum- to medium- and maximum-custody inmates. The prison, located in Amador County, provides educational, medical and mental health services and employs more than 1,400 people.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2013
Contact: James P. Hernandez