Salem

Inmate accused of killing cellmate identified

Inmate accused of killing cellmate identified
Craig Dennis Bjork.

SALEM, Ore. -- An inmate accused of killing his cellmate has been identified as 53-year-old Craig Dennis Bjork, the Oregon State Police said Wednesday.

Bjork hasn't been charged yet; criminal charges will be decided by the district attorney's office once the investigation is complete, according to a news release from the OSP.

Officials said jail workers found 45-year-old Joseph Akins dead inside his C-block cell at around 10 a.m. Saturday.

The penitentiary was immediately put on a lockdown while investigators from the state police, Marion County Sheriff's Office and medical examiner's office interviewed witnesses. They determined he had been killed and zeroed in on his cellmate, Bjork.

Details on the manner and cause of death have not been released.

Akins was convicted of murder back in 2008. According to prison records, his earliest release date would have been in 2022.

According to an Oregonian story about his original crime, Akins was convicted of murdering a Milwaukie woman in 1994, although he wasn't convicted until 14 years later.

Bjork transferred to Oregon's state penitentiary on Jan. 16, 2013 from Minnesota's prison system.