The Imperial County Homicide Task Force has released information that a Calipatria State Prison inmate who died March 9 likely was murdered.
John Spade, 40, had his throat slashed with a prison-made shank and bled to death, said county Sheriff's Office Investigator Joe Alvarez, who is assigned to the task force.
Spade's body was found in his cell at 7:52 a.m., according to prison authorities. Correctional officers attempted to resuscitate him, but at 8:39 a.m. he was pronounced dead.
The Homicide Task Force was called to the prison about 10:30 a.m., Alvarez said.
He added the shank used in the killing was recovered. He said Spade was inside his cell when his throat was slashed and it is suspected his cellmate was in the cell at the time. Alvarez stopped short of saying the cellmate is a suspect.