Two death-row inmates found dead in their cells at San Quentin

SFGate | 11/6/2018 | By Nanette Asimov
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Authorities said Monday they are investigating the deaths of two inmates awaiting execution at San Quentin Prison.

Prison staff found one inmate, 54-year-old Andrew Urdiales, unresponsive during a security check on Friday at 11:15 p.m., according to a prison statement. Urdiales was pronounced dead at 12:01 am. Saturday.

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A day later, at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, prison staff found a second condemned inmate, Virendra Govin, 51, unresponsive in his cell, the statement said. Officials said Govin received CPR, but he was pronounced dead at 10:30 p.m.

Both men were in cells by themselves and were on death row for multiple murders. Their deaths are being investigated as suicides.

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Urdiales was convicted of killing eight women between 1986 and 1995, San Quentin officials said in the statement.

He was a U.S. Marine in the late 1980’s and early ‘90s when he terrorized Southern California and killed five of his victims during a seven-year murderous rampage.

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On Jan. 18, 1986, Robbin Brandley, 23, volunteered as an usher at a piano concert at Saddleback College in Orange County. Afterwards, Urdiales overtook her in the parking lot and stabbed Brandley 41 times with a hunting knife.

Over the next several years, he would drive his victims to isolated places and sexually assault them before killing them, Howard Gundy, Los Angeles’ senior deputy district attorney later said.

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Urdiales shot Julie McGhee, 29, in the head on July 17, 1988, and shot Maryann Wells, 31, to death on Sept. 25, 1988 in a deserted industrial park.

Less than a year later, on April 16, 1989, Urdiales shot Tammie Erwin, 20, three times in a remote area of Palm Springs.

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He then moved to Illinois, according to newspaper accounts, but returned briefly to Palm Springs in 1995 when, on March 11 that year, he stabbed Denise Maney, 32,...
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