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Crime Q&A: Has trial been set for inmates accused of killing ‘San Quentin Six’ member?

FILE - This Jan. 8, 2014, file photo, from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows inmate Hugo Pinell. Two convicted killers were charged with murder Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, in the August slaying of Pinell, a notorious California inmate, just days after he was released into the general prison population.
FILE - This Jan. 8, 2014, file photo, from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows inmate Hugo Pinell. Two convicted killers were charged with murder Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, in the August slaying of Pinell, a notorious California inmate, just days after he was released into the general prison population. AP

Q: When are Jayson Weaver and Waylon Pitchford going to trial for the killing of Hugo Pinell?

Leslie, San Francisco

A: Jayson Weaver and Waylon Pitchford, inmates at California State Prison, Sacramento, in Folsom are awaiting trial in the August 2015 stabbing death of 71-year-old Hugo Pinell, a fellow inmate.

No trial date has been set. According to Sacramento Superior Court records available online, the next court date for the two men is Aug. 26.

On Aug. 12, 2015, Pitchford, 38, and Weaver, 39, allegedly assaulted Pinell with an inmate-manufactured weapon. Weaver is accused of stabbing Pinell 19 times while Pitchford held Pinell down, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. Pinell was unconscious when he arrived in the infirmary and died of his injuries.

The stabbing sparked a melee among other inmates. Corrections officials said in a statement at the time that “numerous inmates were injured,” including 11 who were taken to outside hospitals for treatment.

Pitchford and Weaver face the special circumstances of having previous murder convictions. They also have been charged with assault by a life prisoner, and Weaver faces a third charge of custodial possession of a weapon.

Pinell was originally sent to prison in 1965 on a rape charge in San Francisco County. On March 31, 1971, he killed a guard at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad and was sentenced to life with possible parole in May 1972. A few months after killing the Soledad guard, Pinell took part in an August 1971 escape attempt at San Quentin in which six people were killed, including two guards. He was again sentenced to life with possibility of parole in September 1976. His ninth bid for parole was denied in 2009 and his sentence extended for another 15 years.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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