A man suspected of strangling his Fresno County Jail cellmate in 2014 was arrested in an Oregon jail and brought back to Fresno, sheriff’s officials said Monday.
Fresno County sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said that Gary Poole, 64, was booked into Fresno County Jail on Jan. 21. Detectives learned Poole was serving time at Yamhill County Jail, southwest of Portland, and arrested him on Jan. 8 – two days before his scheduled release date.
Poole is accused of murdering Gary Stauff on April 10, 2014. Stauff was found dead in his cell, and a coroner’s report ruled the death a homicide. Stauff and Poole shared a cell at the time.
Botti said detectives didn’t have enough evidence at the time of Poole’s release from Fresno County Jail to charge him for the murder, so he was allowed to go free.