(California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

Deceased San Quentin Death Row Inmate Tests Positive for COVID-19 as Virus Spreads Through Prison

Richard Stitely, a condemned inmate at San Quentin State Prison that was found unresponsive in his cell last week and pronounced dead, was confirmed Monday to have tested positive for COVID-19 as an outbreak at the prison was spreading exponentially.

The Marin County Coroner’s Office said the positive test was conducted by the California Department of Public Health as part of a forensic examination of the 71-year-old Stitely, who had been on Death Row since 1992.

The coroner’s office said the cause, mode and manner of death were undetermined pending additional investigation and toxicology testing.

Read more at CBS SF Bay Area

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