Two guards allegedly recorded a California prisoner as “alive” during a safety check. But in reality, he was being mutilated and beheaded by his cellmate.

Jaime Osuna, 31, made headlines in 2019 when he murdered his cellmate, Luis Romero, 44. King County officials dubbed it the most “heinous” killing recorded. Osuna had cut out Romero’s eyes, an ear, and lungs before beheading him with a makeshift knife.

It is estimated that the killing took hours, meaning that guards had failed to conduct thorough safety checks. The reason the guards failed to notice the brutal murder remains unclear, but Romero’s family alleges in a new lawsuit that a white sheet was covering the cell bars.

Osuna had a history of being violent with cellmates. He had always been alone until officials assigned Romero, who had been transferred over from Mule Creek State Prison, to his cell. Two days after Romero’s arrival, Osuna killed him.

Both cellmates were convicted killers.

Now, new reports add fresh revelations and raise more questions about the brutal murder. The killing has prompted investigations and a lawsuit over why Romero was in a cell with Osuna in the first place. Osuna is a self-styled satanist with a history of attacking his cellmates. One of the reports also faults the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for conducting a shoddy investigation and delaying disciplinary action against the guards who failed to protect Romero.

The Department of Corrections disputed the findings of the reports, saying in a statement it had conducted a “thorough and complete investigation from the very beginning.”

But the attorney for Romero’s family, Justin Sterling, said the reports outline the department’s “veil of secrecy” that obscures officer misconduct.

“The idea that my client had to sue in order to get basic questions answered about her son’s death is disheartening,” Sterling said. 

The guards were meant to check the cell every so often, Sterling said, and the crime would have taken hours to commit. If the guards had been doing their required checks, Romero would be alive today, he said.

Romero had spent 27 years in prison. He was convicted of second-degree murder after fatally shooting a woman in Compton when he was a teenager and associating with gang members. He was nearing parole eligibility.

His new cellmate, Osuna, was serving a life sentence for the killing and torture of Yvette Pena, 37, at a Bakersfield motel in 2011. With face tattoos and flair for Charles Manson-like satanic antics, he became a dark figure during the 2017 trial, mocking the victim’s family and bragging to a television news reporter of his love of torturing people.

Sometime in the early hours of March 9, 2019, Osuna methodically tortured and killed Romero, authorities said.

Using a razor-style blade attached to a handle, Osuna disfigured Romero, cutting out one of his eyes, chopping off one of his fingers and removing part of his ribs and slicing out part of his lung. He ultimately cut off his head. He also posed the body, slicing Romero’s face open on either side of his mouth to resemble an extended smile, according to an autopsy.

Guards found Osuna wearing a necklace made of Romero’s body parts.

Kings County Executive Assistant Dist. Atty. Phil Esbenshade called it the most heinous slaying he had ever seen. “We do believe that the victim was conscious during at least a portion of the time,” he said.

Osuna had never had a cellmate until Romero arrived two days earlier.

During his stint in a Kern County detention facility, he had been found with hatchets and other weapons and was deemed a “high-risk, staff assaultive” threat to guards, according to the lawsuit.

In one incident, Osuna found his way into another inmate’s cell, where he stabbed and slashed his face, resulting in 67 stitches, the lawsuit says. When prison officials requested to photograph the inmate’s injuries, he declined, noting that he didn’t want to risk Osuna getting copies of the photos and adding them to his collection of “trophies,” court records show.

Regular safety checks are considered an essential duty of prison guards, who must monitor the health of inmates and prevent assaults or suicides.

22 thoughts on “Satanist Prisoner Beheads Cellmate Without Guards Noticing”
    1. Why is he still alive????? I read where there is a island off the west coast. That keep these kind of canned bald alive. It cost millions. Execute them 24 hours after finding guilty. Even the prisoners will tell you,. They will kill the second they get a vhance

  1. its obvious that osuna is a psychopath-upon prior convictions-why didnt that man receive the death penalty for his sentence- in doing so-sparing the lives of others!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hopefully its not too late for retribution on behalf of his victims-yes-i believe those guards were definitely lacking in their job description an should receive the result of penalties incurred!!!

  2. Kill this useful piece of garbage. No bleeding hearts making excuses for his behavior. He is most likely a Paranoid Skitsofrantic, hates everyone and his problems are always caused by others. He is a blight on society and needs to be put down.

    1. What the blazes is a “skitsofrantic”??? I took psych 101 in college and psychiatry for nurses; that was none of the diagnoses I encountered in the DSMs during schooling or since. If you’re going to use medical terms, kindly learn what they ARE, and what they mean! This dud is more likly a straight up psychopath than a schizophrenic, even a paranoid schizophrenic. Most schizophrenics are not a danger to others, and even the few who are, don’t generally act out like that, without comorbidities. Psychopaths, on the other hand, literally have no ability to feel or express empathy or compassion toward others; they have no conscience either, or theirs’ are so stunted as to be of no Earthly use. This critter fits that description much more closely. He may choose to “worship Satan” but that would be more an expression of, than a cause for, his pathology, I suspect.

      1. Blaaaaaa blaaaaaa. Blaaaaaa just a lot of BS , kill the f**king asshole and there will be two less scumbags that our population will have to deal with.

  3. This is a no-brainer!!! He loves satan so much, then send him straight to hell!!! Torture him slowly.

  4. Let the LAW take care of him . . . with a PUBLIC HANGING (ROPE is CHEAPER and REUSEABLE) – ASAP. One Enlightened Patriot.

  5. This is the result of people just not understanding that there is good and then there is the ABSENCE of good. Where good exists, even just a flicker, there is hope. But. When the flicker is gone and NO GOOD exists within that person is just plain absent of good or we call them evil. Evil does not comprehend any good or moral act. Evil is without regard to the impact on others. Evil is selfish and only interested in self pleasure. No matter how sick a good person can perceive their evil (absence of good) person ….. the person of good disconnects from the concept of pure evil.

  6. Critters like this 1 are precisely WHY God, Himself, instituted the death penalty for murderers. But “do-gooder” humans think they’re smarter than the Creator, Who knows human hearts, better than we, ourselves do. They convinced others the death penalty was “cruel and inhuman”, and should be abolished: THIS is the result of that folly! Such critters are unfit for human society, and when 1 fails to experience the appropriate consequence, more are emboldened to act out! Neither should be so squeemish about the manner of execution, after due process. Were they concerned about what their victims suffered? No. The remedy God offered was public stoning. Hanging, firing squad, beheading, electrocution or gassing have also been used at various times through history, but until the 20th century, executions were also PUBLIC events, not carried out in a hidden place in the dark of night, so served as an object lesson to others, that there was a price to be paid for such behaviors. Losing that deterrent has also encouraged more of it.
    Critters like this 1 can’t be “rehabilitated”; he will ALWAYS be a serious threat to others… and keeping him in prison just punishes other prisoners who might be rehabbed, and the taxpayers having to support his useless butt all those yrs to no Earthly purpose!

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