A former Humboldt County man serving time in Corcoran Prison was killed in his cell Thursday, Jan. 24. King County officials are investigating the death of Delbert Miller, 69, as a homicide, a press release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.
Miller was serving an 81-years-to-life sentence for the murder of Lori Ann Jones, whose decomposing body was found in Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park in 2004.
Jones, 38, was described by attorneys as a prostitute with a drug problem. Miller and his roommate let Jones shower, eat and sleep at their apartment. Her body was discovered at least three weeks after she was killed. Miller had a prior 1988 conviction of rape and child molestation. He had been at Corcoran since July.
Miller’s cellmate, Kyle Alexander Osborn, 20, has been identified as the suspect, the release said. Osborn was serving a 26-year sentence for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 with force and violence, and burglary and robbery.
An autopsy was scheduled.