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Man Surrenders At San Quentin Prison Gate

April 9, 1986

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) _ A man wearing only bloody undershorts walked up to the gates of San Quentin prison, threw his hands in the air and said he’d killed someone, authorities say.

″I surrender,″ said 45-year-old Claude Whitmore as he walked up to the prison Tuesday, according to prison officials.

A guard called Oakland police, who went to Whitmore’s house and found the body of Debra Cotton, his wife of five days, said police Sgt. Dan Murray.

Murray said the woman may have died of strangulation. A coroner’s investigation is planned.

Whitmore was treated at a hospital for self-inflicted slash wounds and then booked for investigation of homicide, according to Murray. He said neighbors told police Whitmore wed the 34-year-old woman last Thursday.

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