Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
THREE FORMER INMATES INDICTED WITH MURDER FOR BEATING DEATH OF FELLOW INMATE
* Nine total will now await trial for participating in same murder
Six additional inmates, Garrett Aguilar, 25, Stephen Carlstrom, 39, Michael Garten, 22, Eric Miller, 22, Jared Petrovich, 24, and Christopher Teague, 31, were charged in November 2006 with one count of murder for the death of John Chamberlain. If convicted, they each face 25 years to life in prison. Nine total defendants are expected to be joined in the jury trial currently set on Friday, June 13, 2008 at 9 a.m., in C-41, at the
On October 5, 2006, a group of inmates are accused of targeting Chamberlain because they believed him to be a child molester. Chamberlain was in custody on possession of child pornography charges. These inmates are accused of beating Chamberlain repeatedly inside a cell in the jail facility. Chamberlain was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh of the Homicide Unit and Deputy District Attorney Keith Bogardus of the Special Prosecutions Unit will jointly prosecute this case.
SPECIAL GRAND JURY
On May 17, 2007, a SCGJ was empanelled at the request of the OCDA to investigate the death of John Chamberlain. A thorough investigation of all the circumstances surrounding that death was conducted to determine whether there may be any criminal culpability on the part of members of the Orange County Sheriff Department (OCSD). The OCDA requested the inquiry to determine whether there was a failure of duty or malfeasance by any OCSD jail personnel (from the highest to the lowest ranking), whether any OCSD personnel aided and abetted the murder of Chamberlain or was criminally negligent in his death, identify other inmate assailants,