Marlon Martinez, accused in the 2008 strangulation death of longtime UCI English/African American Studies Prof. Lindon Barrett (who had gone to teach at UC Riverside at the time) has been found dead in his cell in the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail.
According to the Long Beach Press Telegram, Martinez, 22, "died in a six-person cell on Dec. 25 after sheriff's deputies conducting a security check found him suffering from respiratory distress and were unable to revive him."
Autopsy results are inconclusive, pending toxicology tests, which could take more than six weeks, according to the 28 December 2009 news report.
This brings to a sudden and unexpected close any opportunity to uncover why Prof. Barrett was killed and the nature of his relationship with the accused.
For the July 21, 2008 KUCI Subversity radio program on Prof. Barrett (which also aired on KUCR at UC Riverside) and was excerpted on KPCC, click here: .