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Charges brought against fellow inmate in homicide of Sacramento main jail prisoner

Charges have been brought against another prisoner in the death of inmate Edward Larson at the Sacramento County main jail downtown.

Suspicion of homicide charges have been brought against inmate Ernest Salmons, 33, in the death of Larson, 54, whose lifeless body was found inside his cell on Sunday.

Sacramento sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman said Larson, who was being held on a sexual registration violation charge, was discovered unresponsive in his cell shortly after 3:30 a.m.

At first authorities said the death did not appear to be suspicious. But sheriff's officials announced Tuesday that further investigation at the jail by the coroner revealed suspicious injuries. Homicide detectives responded to the jail and initiated an investigation.

Homicide detectives then forwarded their investigative findings to the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office for review. On Wednesday the sheriff’s department said that charges against Salmons were brought in concurrence with the district attorney’s office.

Salmons was housed in the “same location” as Larson. Salmons has been at the main jail since Oct. 25 on suspicion of auto theft and possession of stolen property.

Salmons is expected to be arraigned on the murder charge Friday.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.