A prison mugshot has been released of the man authorities say was tortured and beheaded by notorious Bakersfield killer Jaime Osuna.
Luis Romero, 44, was found dead March 9 in the cell he shared with Osuna, 31, at Corcoran State Prison. Kings County Assistant District Attorney Phil Esbenshade said one of Romero’s fingers was severed, an eye and part of a lung were removed and his head was decapitated.
“It was a very gruesome case, certainly the most gruesome case I have seen in my career,” Esbenshade told KGET after Osuna pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of murder with four special circumstances.
The prosecutor said a weapon was located in the cell that appeared to have been manufactured from a razor with string around it.
The heavily-tattooed Osuna, already serving life without parole for the 2011 torture slaying of Yvette Pena at a Bakesfield motel, could face the death penalty.
Romero was convicted of second-degree murder in Los Angeles in 1993.
Osuna is next due in court June 27.