Suspected Serial Killer Itzcoatl Ocampo Kills Himself With Ajax Before Trial

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A former Marine suspected of killing six people, including four homeless men, died awaiting trial Thursday after he ingested Ajax in his Orange County, Calif., jail cell.

Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo, 25, apparently collected the cleaning project while he was in custody, according to his attorney, Michael Molfetta.

Ocampo was found shaking and vomiting in his cell Wednesday. He was taken Western Medical Center Santa Ana, where he was pronounced dead Thursday, Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock told NBC Los Angeles.

Molfetta said his client had mental health issues and the death raises questions about Orange County deputies supervising the accused serial killer.

"If you spend three minutes with Ocampo, you are acutely aware of the fact that he has some mental issues. They were severe and they were obvious and they definitely were not contrived," Molfetta said. "With that being said, this was a guy who should have garnered the highest level of scrutiny ... and it wasn't done."

Halloack did not comment on Ocampo’s supervision, but did say deputies in general are required to pass each inmate’s cell once every hour.

The mother of victim Lloyd “Jimmy” Middaugh, told NBC News on Friday that she’s relieved that Ocampo is dead.

"A trial wouldn't have brought our loved ones back," said Marie Middaugh. "I'm sorry things happened the way it did for his family because I know they're grieving, too, but I'm just glad that really it's all over."

Originally charged on four counts of murder in January 2012, Ocampa was put on suicide watch in March 2012 after reportedly banging his head on a metal toilet in jail. He told his attorney he was trying to stop the voices in his head as well as his headaches, according to the Orange County Register.

Sources: NBC Los Angeles, Orange County Register