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California convict facing charges in death of cellmate

Posted: 6:19 PM, Feb 25, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-25 18:20:47-05
Investigators are seeking to have murder charges filed against a man they believe fatally injured his cellmate at a Southern California jail.
 
The Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper reports Saturday (http://bit.ly/2llWzD6) that Marcos Elias Garcia is suspected in the death of Kevin Plichta at West Valley Detention Center.
 
The 53-year-old was found seriously injured and unresponsive Tuesday in his cell. He died Friday at a hospital.
 
Authorities say they believe the 31-year-old Garcia fatally injured Plichta, but they have not yet determined a motive in the attack
 
Garcia was scheduled to be released in July after serving time in a stolen vehicle case.
 
Plichta was arrested last month on suspicion of felony vandalism.
 
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 Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com
 
 AP-WF-02-25-17 2303GMT
 
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