Notorious CA killer accused decapitating cellmate pleads not guilty

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HANFORD, Ca. (KGET) — The tattoo face killer serving a life term for torturing a Bakersfield woman to death beheaded his cellmate, according to the prosecutor who is now trying to make sure Jaime Osuna never kills again. 

Thursday morning Osuna was arraigned in Kings County court in Hanford where he pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say Osuna’s cellmate, Luis Romero, was decapitated and suffered other dismemberments. His body was found March 9 in the cell he shared with Osuna at Corcoran State Prison.

Osuna, 31, faces the death penalty in connection with the killing, described in documents as “especially heinous, atrocious, cruel, manifesting exceptional depravity.”

“In this case; one of the victim’s fingers was severed, a body part was cut out, his eye was removed and his head was decapitated,” said Phil Esbenshade, Kings County Assistant District Attorney.

Esbenshade also confirmed Osuna removed a part of Romero’s lung. 

“It was a very gruesome case, certainly the most gruesome case I have seen in my career,” said Esbenshade.

Esbenshade said some injuries may have happened while Romero was alive.

“There was a weapon located in the cell, it looked like it was manufactured from a razor that could have been issued, it had some string around it,” said Esbenshade. “That’s the only weapon that was located.”

Romero, 44, had been convicted of second-degree murder in Los Angeles in 1993.

Osuna is already serving a sentence of life without parole for the murder of Yvette Pena, a woman he called an acquaintance, in 2011. Pena’s murder was also committed with torture, according to investigators. 

Two years ago just a few days before being convicted of Pena’s murder, Osuna warned that he wouldn’t stop killing in an interview with KGET. 

“I don’t have no sympathy,” he said. “I’m sadistic. I really don’t care. I’ll do it and I’ll do it again, over and over and over.” 

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