Tehachapi – Investigators from California Correctional Institution (CCI) and the Kern County District Attorney’s Office are investigating an inmate homicide that occurred in Facility A, within the security housing unit at CCI.
In the afternoon of July 15, staff members found inmate Ladwright Smith unresponsive in his cell. Inmate Smith was pronounced dead at 3:42 pm.
Smith, 39, had been received at CCI on May 29, 2012 after being sentenced to eight years in prison for corporal injury to a spouse in San Bernardino County.
The alleged suspect is identified as Anthony Taylor, 28, from Kern County who is serving a life sentence for a first-degree murder. Taylor was received at CCI on July 13.
California Correctional Institution, a minimum- to maximum-security prison, is located 52 miles east of Bakersfield.  The prison opened in 1933, houses more than 4,600 minimum- to maximum-security inmates and employs more than 2,000 people.
July 16, 2012
Contact: Lt. B. Skaggs
(661)822-4402 ext. 3-21