Prosecutor reveals ‘gruesome’ details in the death of Jaime Osuna’s cellmate


HANFORD, Calif. (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.

Osuna shuffled slowly into the Kings County Superior Courtroom. His head was down and his hands cuffed as he was escorted in by five bailiffs. According to the prosecutor, excessive security is due to the intensity of the case. 

The bailiffs surrounded Osuna and left little to see. Through a short glimpse of him, we noticed he appeared frail and he had grown his hair which now hangs to the middle of his back. 

Prosecutors confirmed Osuna’s cellmate, 44-year-old Luis Romero was gruesomely killed on March 9.

“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 was serving life in prison for second-degree murder. Osuna is charged with murder with four special circumstances and could face the death penalty.

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