Ernie received information as to credible threats earlier this morning and asked his good friend Sheriff Joe to look in on Mr. Stuart. Mr. Stuart has since been removed to protective custody. We would not want to see anything happen to Mr. Stuart before his trial, and will continue to monitor the situation.
I received this from Ed Vallejo earlier:
I got a call this morning that there was a rumor going around that John is going to be killed by the Mexican Mafia this afternoon because the inmate who was recently beaten to death by 'another inmate' was actually killed by a guard, and it was witnessed by many other inmates, including John. That coupled with the fact that John has written complaints about the torture and abuse the inmates are suffering, and it makes the police look bad, so he needs to be silenced. I am putting this information out in the hopes that it won't happen if enough people are aware of the plot (it would make them look even worse). Maybe if some of you out there could make a few well-placed phone calls to let them know we are watching, or even to get John put into some kind of 'protective custody', that would be marvelous.
I received this a few minutes ago from John Stuart's fiancée, Cindy Cantrell. It is the affidavit filed by John Stuart alleging threats on his life:
PDF of Affidavit (2.7Mb)
Accompanying this was a statement that John Stuart had been moved to protective custody.