Orange County Jail Officials Cleared in Inmate’s Suicide

An investigation by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office has concluded that county jail officials are not responsible for the 2013 suicide of accused serial killer and inmate Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo.

The District Attorney’s Office outlined its findings in a letter released Thursday. In the letter, the office confirmed that Ocampo killed himself by ingesting a toxic cleaning product while awaiting trial for the murder of six people.

According to investigators, Ocampo obtained the product from another inmate. He had also tried killing himself on prior occasions and was prescribed a variety of psychiatric medications which he refused to take. After appearing ill on the night of Nov. 27, 2013, Ocampo declined medical attention but was still taken to a second-floor dispensary. He suffered an apparent seizure and was later disconnected from life support.

“In this case, there is no evidence whatsoever of express or implied malice on the part of any OCSD personnel or any inmates or other individuals under the supervision of the (sheriff),” said Senior Deputy District Attorney Scott Simmons. Given the rapid response on the part of jail and medical personnel, “it would be unreasonable under the totality of the circumstances to conclude that anybody acted in a criminally negligent manner when Ocampo was allowed to receive the small quantities of cleaning solution, just like all the other inmates in the area where he was housed,” according to the report.

Ocampo’s attorney Michael Molfetta said he accepts the findings, but stands by his contention that mistakes were made. As a result of the incident, jail officials have since switched to a nontoxic cleaning agent.

Read more about the findings from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office here.

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