SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a San Francisco Bay Area serial killer has died of unknown causes on California’s death row.
Corrections officials said Friday that 65-year-old condemned inmate Anthony McKnight was found unresponsive in his San Quentin State Prison cell Thursday night and pronounced dead shortly thereafter.READ MORE: After 43 Days On The Run, The Woman Accused Of Killing An Elite San Francisco Cyclist Was Captured In Costa Rica
The cause is awaiting an autopsy, but corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton says there is no reason to suspect foul play.READ MORE: Getting Answers: What Do Increased Releases From Folsom Dam Mean For Region's Water Levels?
He was sentenced to die after Alameda County investigators linked his DNA to five young women slain in 1985. One was 13 years old. The discovery came after he was already in prison serving a 63-year sentence for rape and attempted first-degree murder.MORE NEWS: 'This Isn't Going To Hold Us Back': Drag Event In Woodland Stopped Over Alleged Threats Of Violence
Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this year imposed a moratorium on the death penalty as long as he is governor.