IONE– Investigators at Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) and the Amador County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death of an inmate as a possible homicide due to injuries received during an apparent in-cell disturbance on Friday.

Inmate Thomas Hurst, 43, was pronounced dead on July 26, 2013, at a local outside area hospital.

Prison officials have named his cellmate, Clyde Aikens Jr, 25, as a suspect in the case.

The victim, Thomas Hurst, was received by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on October 7, 2010 from Lake County to serve a seven-year, four-month sentence for ex-felon in possession of ammunition.

The suspect, Clyde Aikens was received by CDCR on February 11, 2008 from Alameda County to serve a 15-year sentence for carjacking with the use of a firearm.

The cause of death has not yet been determined.  The Office of the Inspector General has been notified.

Mule Creek State Prison, which opened in 1987, houses approximately 2800 minimum- to medium- and maximum-custody inmates.  The prison, located in Amador County, provides educational, medical and mental health services and employs more than 1,400 people.

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July 29, 2013
Contact: James P. Hernandez
(209) 274-5080