2 San Quentin death row inmates found dead, suspected suicide

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Two San Quentin death row inmates were found dead over the weekend and officials are investigating their deaths as suicides. 

Around 11:15 p.m. on Friday, 54-year-old Andrew Urdiales was found unresponsive in his single-cell during a security check.

Officers began to try CPR but were unsuccessful. 

Urdiales has been on California’s death row since Oct. 12 for the first-degree murders of five women between 1986 and 1995 in Southern California. 

He had been convicted previously for the murders of three women from Illinois in the mid-1990s and was sentenced to death in 2004.

The autopsy results are pending but officials suspect his death was suicide.

On Sunday around 10:15 p.m. a second inmate, 51-year-old Virendra Govin, was found unresponsive in his single cell.

Officials tried CPR on Govin but were also unsuccessful.

Govin had been sentenced to death in 2004 by Los Angeles County jury for the first-degree murders of four people.

Govin’s autopsy results are also pending, but officials believe his death was also suicide.

Officials say there is no indication that the deaths are related.

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