Salvador Vega of Anaheim Accused of Murdering His 69-year-old Jail Mate

An Anaheim man being held in a Banning jail for alleged burglary was arrested last week for murdering a 69-year-old fellow inmate.

Salvador Vega, 51, is accused of slaying Thousand Palms resident Robert Anthony Hearn, who was found fatally injured at 3:09 p.m. Tuesday in his Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility cell, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

No details about a motive or how Hearn was killed were released, just that Vega was arrested Thursday on suspicion of murder. He was originally charged with burglary, a sentencing enhancement for alleged vandalism and violation of a court order to prevent domestic violence for a March 5 incident in Murrieta.

Before the slaying, Vega had been scheduled to attend a Friday hearing to determine whether his case would be plea bargained, the Orange County Register reports.

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Hearn was arrested Feb. 28 in Thousand Palms on three misdemeanors--abusing an elderly or dependent adult, battery and brandishing a weapon--and had a March 30 hearing scheduled on whether he belonged in a mental health facility.

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