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Killer of Orange County teen dies on death row, an apparent suicide

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SAN QUENTIN, CA - MAY 15: A view of the California State Prison at San Quentin May 15, 2009. San Quentin houses California's male death row. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, death row inmate James Lee Crummel died on Sunday. He was found hanging in his cell, an apparent suicide. Crummel was convicted in 2004 of the 1979 kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of 13-year-old James Wilfred Trotter in Riverside County.

The CDCR says Crummel was housed in his cell on death row at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County. 

As of now, 57 death row inmates have died of natural causes and 20 from suicide since capital punishment was reinstated in California in 1978. Meanwhile, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri and 6 died from "other" causes. There are 723 offenders on California's death row.

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