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Suspected Killer Becomes Second Inmate to Die From COVID-19 Related Complications

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Suspected Killer Becomes Second Inmate to Die From COVID-19 Related Complications

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Orange County’s second inmate to die from COVID-19 related complications was awaiting trial for attempted homicide and suspicion of homicide charges. Ah Le Fang, 37, was arrested and booked August 2017 by the Fullerton Police Department after he was suspected of stabbing his mother and her boyfriend with a knife inside the apartment where they lived together with his older sister. Fang tested positive for COVID-19 last December and was transferred to a local hospital on Jan. 6, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) said in a Jan. 21 press release. Fang’s jury trial was set for July; he in 2018 pleaded not guilty to the suspicion of homicide and attempted murder charges. The inmate’s death came as Sheriff Don Barnes faces a legal order from a Superior Court judge to release 50 percent of the county’s jail population due to a coronavirus outbreak in the prison population. The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union who claimed that inmates are getting …

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