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California Condemned Inmate Albert Ruiz Dies of Natural Causes

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California Department of Corrections Press Release 12/30/13

Condemned inmate Albert Ruiz, 51, was pronounced dead early Sunday morning, December 29, 2013. He died of natural causes in the On-Site Acute Hospital Unit at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, CA.

Ruiz was sentenced to death on January 27, 2003, by a Merced County jury for the May 22, 1998, murder and robbery of a Merced liquor and grocery store owner, Abdo Muhammed, 42, and the murder of Antonio Cruz, a 74-year-old customer in the store. Ruiz had been on death row since January 28, 2003.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment:

62 condemned inmates (including Ruiz) have died from natural causes.

22 have committed suicide.

13 have been executed in California.

1 was executed in Missouri.

6 have died from other causes.

1 the cause of death is pending.

There are 746 inmates on California’s death row.

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