Inmate accused of murdering cellmate inside Indio jail

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INDIO (CNS) - A felon from Hemet is suspected of killing his cellmate at the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio, sheriff's officials said Thursday, July 22. Luke Hanchette, 42, allegedly killed 48-year-old John Leo Hemmer of South Dakota, who was found dead Wednesday in a cell the two shared, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Sgt. Ben Ramirez said correctional deputies doing a routine safety check about 7:40 a.m. found Hemmer unresponsive, and that he appeared to have suffered significant injuries. Despite first responders' attempts to save him, Hemmer was pronounced dead soon after. There was no word on a motive, and it was unclear if a weapon was used. Homicide investigators took over the case, and later arrested Hanchette on suspicion of murder. He r
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