December 2, 2023
The central jail on Entrance Road in downtown San Diego. Picture by Chris Stone

Prosecutors plan to file a homicide cost in opposition to a jail inmate suspected of killing his cellmate whereas in jail in San Diego, authorities mentioned this week.

The alleged crime occurred whereas Patrick James Ferncase, 30, awaited trial on a North County tried homicide cost. A jury would ultimately convict him.

The San Diego County District Lawyer’s Workplace now additionally will prosecute Ferncase for the alleged jailhouse slaying of Derek Baker, who died on March 29, 2022.

Earlier that month, Baker, 56, was despatched to San Diego Central Jail following a misdemeanor conviction for violating a restraining order, and he was assigned to a two-person cell shared with Ferncase, San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Anthony O’Boyle mentioned.

Eight days later, Ferncase allegedly attacked Baker, leaving him gravely injured. Baker died after spending a number of weeks hospitalized in important situation.

An post-mortem confirmed that the sufferer succumbed to blunt-force accidents to his head.

Ferncase was arrested in December 2021 on suspicion of assaulting a 68-year-old man at a Carlsbad purchasing middle. After his convicted in that case, a choose sentenced him to twenty-eight years in a Central California penitentiary, Kern Valley State Jail.

Authorities have disclosed no motive for the alleged homicide of Baker.

– Metropolis Information Service