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UPDATE: German Carrillo Killed By Cellmates At Santa Cruz County Main Jail


Nov 1, 2019

German Carrillo Santa Cruz: German Carrillo of Watsonville Killed By Cellmates At Santa Cruz County Main Jail

SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA (November 1, 2019) – A 24-year-old inmate at the Santa Cruz County Main Jail identified as German Carrillo was allegedly killed by his cellmates who have since been arrested. 

Two inmates ages 33 and 25 shared a cell with German Carrillo in a housing unit designated for active gang members. Santa Cruz County Main Jail officers found German Carrillo dead in his cell on October 14th around 11:00 a.m. 

The county coroner determined that German Carrillo was strangled in his cell. His two cellmates have since been arrested on suspicion of murder. 

An investigation into the incident remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Inmate Deaths

County jails have a legal responsibility to provide a reasonably safe environment for both inmates and jail staff. According to the California Civil Code § 1714 subsection (a), “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.” This includes taking measures to prevent inmates from hurting each-other. 

Generally speaking, jails are not responsible for the random acts of violence that inmates may perpetrate on each-other. However, when a jail has specific knowledge of a credible threat to an inmate they must take measures to protect that inmate. If a jail is deliberately indifferent to an inmate’s safety and fails to protect them from specific threats they could be held liable in the event of an attack. It’s important that jail staff are interviewed following an attack and that evidence is preserved. 

The family of any victim that died in a jail attack may be able to seek justice through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover funeral expenses, lost wages, medical bills and loss of love. Potential claimants in a civil matter may include a victim’s parents, children, spouse and siblings. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal rights are. 

Investigating A Santa Cruz County Main Jail Death

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of German Carrillo. Any person that may have knowledge about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent additional incidents like this. 

If you or someone that you care about has been involved in an attack at the Santa Cruz County Main Jail you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation to get to the bottom of any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at  (888) 888-9285.

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