SACRAMENTO- The death of a California state prison inmate housed at the North Fork Correctional Facility in Sayre, Oklahoma was ruled a homicide by the Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner’s Office on April 17 following an autopsy.
The victim, inmate Todd Bush, 33, was pronounced dead on March 6, 2014, at an Oklahoma hospital. He was transported to the hospital after being found unresponsive in his cell.
Bush’s cellmate, inmate Alex Moore, 38, has been identified as the suspect and was transported to segregated housing pending the outcome of an investigation underway by the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation.
Bush was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on December 9, 2004, from San Bernardino County to serve a 15-year sentence for evading a police officer causing death or serious bodily injury.
Moore was committed to CDCR on June 15, 2012 from San Bernardino County to serve a nine-year, eight-month sentence for assault with a firearm, corporal injury on a spouse and receiving stolen property.
North Fork Correctional Facility, which opened in 1998, houses approximately 2,400 medium-custody inmates. The prison, located in Sayre Oklahoma, provides educational, medical and mental health services.
To relieve prison overcrowding, California’s Legislature adopted Assembly Bill 900, the Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007. Among its provisions is approval to house up to 9,000 inmates in private correctional facilities outside California. The inmates are housed in Arizona, Mississippi and Oklahoma in facilities operated by Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tennessee.