A county jail inmate on trial for lewd and lascivious acts hung himself in the county jail Saturday.
Friday was the first day of trial for Elias Garcia Sotelo, 26, of El Centro, who was found hanging in his cell of the county jail about 3 p.m. Saturday, officials said.
Deputy District Attorney Deborah Owen opened Friday's trial with testimony from a 7-year-old girl about the alleged molestations, which allegedly occurred over six or seven months. County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jerry DeMorst also testified and a videotaped interview with the girl at Children's Hospital in San Diego was shown to the jury.
Court is not in session today and information on whether jurors had been notified of the death or would be brought to court Tuesday morning to be notified of Sotelo's death was not available this morning.