Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo, alleged serial killer of homeless people, has died and will not face justice for six murders.
The former Mexican-born Marine was awaiting trail for a killing spree in Orange County, California before falling sick and dying at a hospital on Thanksgiving. The alleged serial killer was found shaking and vomiting in his single-cell on Wednesday.
Four of Ocampo’s victims were homeless men he stalked and stabbed starting in December, 2011 until he was captured on January 13, 2012. Ocampo, 25, is also charged in the murder of his childhood friend, Juan Herrera, and Herrera’s mother, Raquel Estrada in October, 2011. Estrada, 53, and Herrera, 34, were stabbed in their Yorba Linda home and left to die on the floor according to authorities. Authorities indicate Ocampo used a Rambo-style hunting knife in all his crimes.
Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty for Ocampo. Evidence indicates he sought to kill at least 12-16 homeless people believing he was doing a public service by ridding society of a social burden. Ocampo served in Iraq, enlisting after graduating high school. He served an eight-month deployment in Iraq in 2008 and was discharged in 2010.
A pre-trail hearing was schedule for January on the case.
Ocampo’s death is under investigation and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. His lawyer indicates Ocampo died after ingesting Ajax in his cell.