Kern Valley State Prison staff found an inmate dead in his cell Thursday morning and suspect his cellmate killed him.

The cellmate, Dennis John Bratton, 43, is serving a life sentence from San Diego County for attempted murder, multiple accounts of assault with a deadly weapon and an assault in prison with a deadly weapon, according to a prison news release. He was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Nov. 13, 1997.

The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Kern Valley State Prison is in Delano.

- The Californian