Accused O.C. Serial Killer Swallowed Ajax in Cell, Attorney Says

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The attorney for an accused Orange County serial killer who died after deputies discovered he was ill in his cell said his client died after swallowing some Ajax, an industrial cleaner.

Itzcoatl Ocampo, a former Marine accused of killing six people, died at a California hospital after swallowing a dose of an industrial cleaner in his jail cell, his attorney said. (Credit: Anaheim Police Department/Associated Press)

Michael Molfetta said investigators believe his client, Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo, accumulated enough Ajax for a lethal dose that he then ingested. Deputies found Ocampo in his single-man cell about 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, shaking and vomiting.

Ocampo, 25, was taken to a hospital, where he died in the intensive care unit about 1:40 p.m. Thursday.

The incident raises concerns about how the Sherriff’s Department monitors its inmates, especially someone like Ocampo who has attracted so much media attention, Molfetta said.

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