Jailed Santa Clara County Murderer Suspected of Killing Cellmate

Officials investigating inmate Frank Bailey, 51, for cellmate's death Saturday at Mule Creek State Prison.

Photo courtesy Mule Creek State Prison web site.
Photo courtesy Mule Creek State Prison web site.
By Bay City News Service

An inmate at Mule Creek State Prison serving a life sentence for a murder in Santa Clara County is suspected of killing his cellmate Saturday, prison officials said Monday.

Ervin Savoy, 50, was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m. Saturday after prison officials found him unresponsive in his cell.

His cellmate, 51-year-old Frank Bailey, has been named a suspect in Savoy's death, according to prison officials.

Savoy's cause of death has not yet been determined, but prison officials said in a statement that his death is being investigated as a possible homicide "due to injuries he received during an apparent in-cell disturbance."

Savoy was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Sept. 9, 1999, after being convicted of first-degree residential burglary and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Bailey was received by the CDCR on Aug. 9, 1993, from Santa Clara County for first-degree murder.

Mule Creek State Prison, which opened in 1987, is located in Ione, Calif. The prison houses about 2,800 minimum-to-medium and maximum-custody inmates.

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