California inmate decapitated cellmate, severed body parts, police say

KINGS COUNTY, California -- A convicted murderer was arraigned on new murder charges in California Thursday.

Jaime Osuna is accused of killing his cellmate at Corcoran State Prison last month in particularly grisly fashion.

"This is probably the most unusual and gruesome case that I've had in my career," Kings County Assistant District Attorney Phil Esbenshade said.

Authorities say Osuna decapitated Luis Romero and then proceeded to sever several of his body parts, including an eye and a finger.

He's also accused of cutting out part of Romero's lung.

Romero bled to death and was found by prison staff during a morning security check.
"There was a weapon located inside the cell," Esbenshade said. "It looked like it had been manufactured from some sort of razor that may have been issued. It had some string around it, so that's the only weapon that was located inside the cell."

This week, prosecutors filed four felony charges against Osuna, including torture, mayhem, and murder with four special allegations, including a prior murder conviction, making him eligible for the death penalty.

Osuna killed and tortured a Bakersfield woman in 2011.

"At this point, we intend to prosecute him pursuant to the complaint, put it in front of a jury," Esbenshade said. "At this point, we don't intend to make any offers or deals extended."

Osuna is also facing gassing charges, filed earlier this year, after prosecutors say he threw blood at a correctional officer from some type of carton.
Osuna will be back in court in late June for a preliminary hearing setting.

Romero was convicted of second-degree murder in Los Angeles County and had been incarcerated since 1992.

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