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Investigation Continues into Inmate Death

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(FOX 11/ CNS) -An autopsy was done today on an alleged serial killer who apparently ate Ajax while held in the Orange County jail, but it was inconclusive until toxicology tests are completed, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Itzcoatl Ocampo, 25, may have committed suicide rather than face trial for allegedly killing six people, but toxicology tests could take a month or more to complete, Lt. Jeff Hallock said.

Because the coroner's office is part of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, the autopsy was done by an independent contractor, he said.

Itzcoatl Ocampo, 25, was found shaking and vomiting in his single-man cell at the Central Men's Jail on Wednesday evening. Jailers say he head eaten chlorine-based bleach cleaning powder.

 Ocampo had been suspected of killing four homeless men in Orange County in December 2011 as well as a mother and son in October 2011. The District Attorney had said he was going to ask for the death penalty.

Ocampo was arrested on Jan. 13, 2012 shortly after the death of John Berry, who was allegedly killed in an attack about a quarter-mile behind a Carl's Jr. at 3110 E. La Palma Ave. in Anaheim.

Paramedics rushed Ocampo, an Iraq War veteran, to Western Medical Center at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday. He was pronounced dead at 1:38 p.m. Thursday inside the hospital's Intensive Care Unit .

Orange County prosecutor Suzi Aramesh Price sent an email Thursday to victims' family members saying that Ocampo was on life support.

"It seems that Mr. Ocampo tried to kill himself by ingesting Ajax last night," she wrote.

Later in the day, she sent a second email saying that Ocampo had died. Hallock said cleaning products are given to county jail inmates in small amounts upon request, but he stopped short of saying that Ocampo died from ingesting Ajax.

One of Ocampo's attorneys, Michael Molfetta, said last week that Ocampo's jailers had "failed miserably" in their duty to prevent a detainee from killing himself.

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