Such incidents are common in California prisons but rare on death row, where the last one occurred in 1997

One condemned inmate killed another on Friday, the first such attack on a death row inmate in California in more than 20 years, officials said.

Jonathan Fajardo, 30, was stabbed in the chest and neck with a homemade weapon in a recreational yard of the cell house that holds the bulk of condemned inmates at San Quentin state prison, said corrections department spokeswoman Terry Thornton.

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