California death row inmate Edward Crawford II dies of unknown causes

Charles Edward Crawford. Photo taken Aug. 21, 2018. Photo: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

An inmate on California’s death row died of unknown causes at San Quentin State Prison, corrections officials said Thursday.

Charles Edward Crawford II, 46, was found unresponsive in his cell on Wednesday morning, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. He was taken to a hospital where he pronounced dead 12 hours later.

The Marin County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death.

Crawford was sentenced to death in Alameda County on June 7, 2002, for killing a 16-year-old San Jose girl and a Fremont man.

San Quentin, north of San Francisco, is California’s oldest prison. It houses the state’s death row as well as general population inmates.