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Alleged Triple Slayer Dies in Jail Cell

October 28, 1985 GMT

AUBURN, Calif. (AP) _ A man accused in a 1982 tavern shooting in which three people were killed and nine injured was found dead in his jail cell, apparently a suicide, according to the sheriff’s office.

Douglas Mozingo, 32, left no suicide note Sunday, said Placer County Sheriff Donald Nunes. The sheriff said Mozingo, who ripped up bedsheets and attached a noose to a wall vent, gave ″no indication he was suicidal.″

Mozingo had been returned to the jail Saturday after he escaped from the new, $5 million facility. He and three other inmates broke out Friday night and stole weapons and cars before being recaptured.


Nunes said Mozingo, who was awaiting trial on murder charges, had been transferred from the Sacramento County Jail because of disciplinary problems.

Mozingo had attempted suicide after the October 1982 shootings at the Mother Lode bar in Sacramento in which he allegedly opened fire with a semi- automatic rifle.

He was admitted to a hospital three hours after the shootings and was treated for an overdose of drugs and alcohol. He was unconscious when police arrested him and did not regain consciousness until the next day.

The owner of the Mother Lode bar opened the tavern Sunday night following Mozingo’s death.

″We’re normally closed Sunday, but I’m opening up ... just a little get- together so we can cry together,″ said Ron Muller. ″All I know is I’m crying, and I don’t know why.″

Mozingo was charged with three counts of murder and nine of attempted murder. Killed in the tavern shooting were Rhonda Lyons, 26, Pamela McCoy, 27, and Randall Sherwood, 28.

Inmates David Dominguez, Frank Morrell and George Newton joined Mozingo in Friday night’s escape.

Three were caught after they stole a car and crashed it in northern Sacramento County following a chase, according to Sheriff’s Lt. Nick Mileur. Newton, 25, was captured in another stolen car in Newcastle, officials said.

Newton was charged with killing a Concord man whose body was found near the American River in 1984.

Dominguez was accused of a September 1984 double slaying in Roseville.

Morrell, a parolee from Oregon, was in jail on a charge of possessing stolen property, Mileur said.

″They apparently gained access to the recreation yard, went up the wall, apparently got to the roof and went down the other side,″ Mileur said.