Man Suspected of San Quentin Murder Is SJ Killer

By Lori Preuitt
|  Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010  |  Updated 3:12 PM PDT
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Man Suspected of San Quentin Murder Is SJ Killer

Frank Souza is serving a life sentence at San Quentin for the murder of a homeless man in San Jose's Willow Glen neighborhood.

We are learning new information about the stabbing death of a San Quentin inmate.

The man who died is well known in the North Bay and the man who allegedly killed him is well known in the South Bay.

First, the man who died.  Edward John Schaefer, 44, of Novato, was stabbed Monday morning less than weeks after arriving at San Quentin for running down a Novato family last year killing a child and maiming her father.  He was a six-time repeat drunk driving offender and had a 0.16 alcohol level at the time of the crash.

Prison officials rushed Schaefer to the hospital, but he died of stab wounds to his neck and chest late Monday. They said the weapon was a rudimentary knife known as a "bone crusher" made from metal found on prison bunk beds.

Tuesday, the prison said the prime suspect in the case is Frank Souza.  Souza, 31, is known in San Jose for killing a homeless man and stealing his bike in Willow Glen back in 2007.  John Riggins, 59, was killed in an alley off Lincoln Avenue on Aug. 29, 2007.  Souza began serving 60 years to life for that crime in January.  His attached photo shows he has a large racist tattoo on his forehead that says "white power."

He has already served three prior prison terms, according to prison officials.

Souza served an 18-month sentence in 1998 for grand theft in Santa  Clara County; a two-year term beginning in 1999 for receiving stolen  property; and a four-year sentence beginning in 2002 for threatening a  prosecution witness with force and violence in Santa Clara County, CDCR  spokeswoman Terry Thornton  told Bay City News.

Souza began serving his life sentence at San Quentin for the San  Jose murder on Jan. 12, Thornton said.
 

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