SAN QUENTIN (CBS13) – A San Quentin death row inmate from Contra Costa County was found dead in his cell late Sunday evening.
Forty-one-year-old Justin Alan Helzer’s death at the state prison is being investigated as a suicide. He was single-celled.READ MORE: After 43 Days On The Run, The Woman Accused Of Killing An Elite San Francisco Cyclist Was Captured In Costa Rica
Helzer was sentenced to death, along with his brother, Glenn Helzer, on March 11, 2005 by a Contra Costa County jury for killing five people in an extortion and murder scheme.READ MORE: Getting Answers: What Do Increased Releases From Folsom Dam Mean For Region's Water Levels?
Since the reinstatement of California’s capital punishment in 1978, 58 inmates have died from natural causes, 22 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California — one was executed in Missouri — and six have died from other causes.MORE NEWS: 'This Isn't Going To Hold Us Back': Drag Event In Woodland Stopped Over Alleged Threats Of Violence
There are 733 offenders on death row in California.