Corcoran State Prison officials have identified a dead inmate and said the man’s suspected killer is his cellmate, who was serving 70 years for killing and cremating his half-brother in Kings County.
Chad D. Ku, 43, of San Diego County, was found unconscious in his cell about 4:31 p.m. Aug. 2.
The staff tried to save him but he was pronounced dead at 5:24 p.m. in the prison medical facility.
His cellmate Jason M. Kelly, 36, of Kings County, has been placed in the prison’s administrative segregation unit pending an investigation.
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Kelly is serving 70 years to life for the first-degree murder of his half brother in Kings County.
According to news accounts at the time, Kelly and his girlfriend, Ashley Rider, were connected to the March 2006 murder of Shawntray Kelly by an anonymous letter.
The letter spelled out how they shot and killed him in a Kings County orchard, and burned his body and dumped the ashes and bone fragments over a cliff at Shell Beach.
Kelly and Rider and a female friend were in a car with Shawntray Kelley when Jason Kelly became upset over comments Shawntray Kelly made to the unidentified female friend.
They drove to a fast food restaurant where Shawntray Kelly tried to get out of the car but was stopped by Jason Kelly. They then drove to a secluded orchard where the murder occurred.
Kelly and Rider wrapped the body in a blanket, put it in the trunk and later burned it in a duck blind, authorities said. They collected the remains and threw them over the cliff at Shell Beach.
Ku had previously served a seven-year sentence out of San Diego County for robbery with a firearm, and was currently serving a twelve-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance, marijuana possession, assault by a prisoner with a deadly weapon or force likely to cause great bodily injury, and conspiracy to commit a crime as a second striker in prison, officials said.