Killer back at county jail

A prisoner who once killed a cellmate and now stands accussed in the slaying of another has been transferred to San Joaquin County Jail.

John Joseph Lydon, 38, was transferred from a prison in the Folsom area to San Joaquin County Jail Monday afternoon in order to be closer to his attorney, said Robert Himelblau, deputy district attorney for San Joaquin County.

Lydon is accused of killing a cellmate in June of 2010 at Tracy’s Deuel Vocational Institution. The victim was a man serving time on a charge of child molestation, and Lydon said he could not share a cell with someone who committed such a crime, Deuel correctional officer Michael Flesch said at Lydon’s preliminary hearing last May.

Before coming to Tracy, Lydon killed a cellmate at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga in 2004.  He faces a readiness conference in connection to the 2010 slaying at DVI in early March.

Lydon will spend the next several weeks at San Joaquin County Jail preparing for his trial and receiving medical evaluations, Himelblau said.

If found guilty, Lydon could receive the death penalty.

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