A 54-year-old man serving a life sentence for a murder in Santa Clara County is accused of killing a fellow inmate at a prison in the Central Valley on Tuesday night, according to state corrections officials.
Prison staff at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran in Kings County responded at 8:23 p.m. to a report of a fight between two inmates in a housing unit and restrained Mark Hudson, who was removed from the area.
The other inmate in the fight, William New, 72, had suffered serious head injuries and was pronounced dead at 8:49 p.m.
Hudson entered the state prison system in January 1991 after being convicted in Santa Clara County for first-degree murder and burglary and sentenced to a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
New entered state prison in April 2006 for two counts of first-degree murder with the use of a firearm in San Diego County, state corrections officials said.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is investigating the homicide along with the Kings County District Attorney's Office.