A Hawaii inmate at Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona was murdered.
The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner-Forensic Science Center said Jonathan Namauleg, 21, died from asphyxia as the result of strangulation or smothering.
His death was ruled a homicide.
On Thursday, Aug. 6, corrections officers were alerted when Namauleg’s cellmate, Jason McCormick, 41, activated a distress button in the housing cell.
They found Namauleg unconscious and face-down on the floor, and notified an emergency response team and medical staff.
He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Namauleg was serving three years for third-degree arson.
McCormick is serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole for second-degree murder.
He was found guilty in the 1996 cold case murder of Robert Henderson, a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii.