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Man Fatally Stabs Roomie in Secure Ward at Psych Facility

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At least one inmate was getting a little restless Sunday when he fatally stabbed a fellow patient inside a secure ward of a Sun Valley psychiatric facility. Now that man, 27-year-old Jerry L. Romansky of Glendale, is facing murder charges for the death of his roommate, 48-year-old Dean J. Camacho, according to the Daily News.Romansky is thought to have made a weapon out of the brackets used as part of an apparatus that prevents the patients from accessing the plumbing. Pacifica Hospital of the Valle's CEO says Romansky showed no signs of aggression towards Camacho prior to the attack, and that the suspect merely took advantage of the time available to commission the crime. The killing took place between 6:45 and 7:00 p.m.

Camacho was discovered dead inside a bathroom at the hosptial by a nurse making a check.

Romansky was fairly new to the facility; at six days in, he was subject to 30-minute checks, but was cleared to be released for the following day. Camacho, originally from Northern California, had been receiving care at Pacifica for three months.

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