Alleged serial killer Itzcoatl Ocampo dies while awaiting trial

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Itzcoatl Ocampo's dress uniform, government military photo, dog tags and a religious medallion that went to war with him lie on display at Ocampo's home in Yorba Linda, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. Ocampo, who spent time in Iraq, was named as a suspect in a series of killings of homeless men in Orange County, Calif. Family members declined to be photographed.

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Defendant Itzcoatl Ocampo confers with his attorney Randall Longwith during Ocampo's arraignment Tuesday Feb. 21, 2012 in Santa Ana, Calif. Ocampo, a former Marine, was charged with the murder of six people in Southern California, including four homeless men and a friend's mother and brother.

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This photo provided by the Anaheim Police Department shows Itzcoatl Ocampo.


Former Marine and Iraq War veteran Itzcoatl Ocampo, who allegedly stabbed four Orange County homeless men to death, died Thursday, the Orange County Sheriff's Department tells KPCC. He was 25 years old.

Ocampo was found sick in his cell Wednesday evening before being transported to a Santa Ana hospital according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lt. Jeff Hallock, NBC4 reports. He died Thursday afternoon.

The cause of death has not been determined, according to NBC4.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office was seeking the death penalty against Ocampo, who was being held without bail. He allegedly murdered four homeless men, as well as stabbing a mother and son to death

His next pretrial hearing was set for Jan. 17, the Orange County Register reports, with lawyers saying earlier this month that a late 2014 trial date was likely.

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