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Frank Bailey serving a life sentence for a murder suspected killing cellmate Ervin Savoy

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An inmate at Mule Creek State Prison serving a life sentence for a murder in Santa Clara County is suspected of killing his cellmate Saturday, prison officials said today. Ervin Savoy, 50, was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m. Saturday after prison officials found him unresponsive in his cell. His cellmate, 51-year-old Frank Bailey, has been named a suspect in Savoy’s death, according to prison officials.

Savoy’s cause of death has not yet been determined, but prison officials said in a statement that his death is being investigated as a possible homicide “due to injuries he received during an apparent in-cell disturbance.” Savoy was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Sept. 9, 1999, after being convicted of first-degree residential burglary and for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. Bailey was received by the CDCR on Aug. 9, 1993, from Santa Clara County for first-degree murder. Mule Creek State Prison, which opened in 1987, is located in Ione, Calif. The prison houses about 2,800 minimum-to-medium and maximum-custody inmates.

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