A Satanist decapitated and dissected the body of his cellmate while they were both serving time for murder.
Jaime Osuna, 31, shared a cell with Luis Romero, 44, at Corcoran State Prison, California, the US, until he killed him with a makeshift knife on March 8, 2019, documents say.
However, the next morning when guards were checking in on the inmates during their rounds they somehow failed to notice Luis was dead.
According to two reports on California prisons from the inspector general’s office, the on-duty guards had noted that both inmates were still alive despite one of them being decapitated, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Osuna allegedly disfigured Romero using a razor-style blade attached to a handle, cutting out one of his eyes, chopping off one of his fingers and removing part of his ribs and slicing out part of his lung before cutting off his head.
He also posed the body, slicing Romero’s face open on either side of his mouth to resemble a joker-style smile, according to an autopsy.
When the guards finally noticed the horrific ordeal, Osuna was wearing a necklace made of Romero’s body parts.
As to how officers failed to make the gruesome discovery has not been confirmed and the killing has now sparked investigations and a lawsuit over why the pair were sharing a cell.
Osuna was serving a life sentence for the killing and torture of Yvette Pena, 37, at a Bakersfield motel in 2011.
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The 31-year-old had an affinity for Charles Manson-like satanic antics.
During his 2017 trial, he mocked the victim’s family and bragging to a television news reporter of his love of torturing people.
One of the reports also faults the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for conducting a "shoddy investigation" and delaying disciplinary action against the guards.
The Department of Corrections disputed the findings as they released a statement claiming to have conducted a “thorough and complete investigation from the very beginning.”
However, the attorney for Romero’s family, Justin Sterling, said the reports outline the department’s “veil of secrecy” that obscures officer misconduct.
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Sterling added: “The idea that my client had to sue in order to get basic questions answered about her son’s death is disheartening."
Osuna has been transferred to Salinas Valley State Prison’s psychiatric inpatient program, where he has been diagnosed with unspecified schizophrenia spectrum, antisocial personality disorder and borderline personality disorder.
A judge has ruled that Osuna is not competent to stand trial for Romero’s death.
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