Officials investigating in-custody death of popular Wildomar rapper, musician

BANNING — Sheriff’s and coroner’s officials are investigating the in-custody death of a well-known rapper and musician who was being held at Cois Byrd Detention Center early Monday morning, Nov. 11.

The person who died, 43-year-old, Jamarr Antonio Stamps, of Wildomar – who was also known as “Bad Azz” – was being held on a domestic violence-related charge, according to jail records.

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Correctional staff from the jail were conducting a security check at 5:01 a.m., “when they located a male inmate inside a cell by himself in need of medical attention,” Riverside County Sheriff’s spokesperson Deputy Robyn Flores reported after the man’s death.

Deputies immediately summoned medical staff and began life-saving efforts on the inmate, according to Flores; who said fire personnel soon arrived and continued life-saving measures.

Despite their efforts Stamps passed away and was pronounced deceased at the jail.

A Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner release indicated Stamps was declared deceased at 5:25 a.m.

Jail records indicate Stamps was arrested at his home on Labo Vista Ln. in Wildomar Friday, Nov. 8 during a domestic battery investigation. He was booked into jail on a sole charge of inflicting injuries on a spouse or co-habitant and was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Based on the circumstances Riverside County sheriff’s investigators and Riverside County Coroner’s Bureau responded and assumed the investigation.

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“There are no signs of foul play surrounding Stamps’ death and the investigation remains ongoing,” Flores reported.

The cause of Stamps’ death will be determined by the Riverside County Coroner’s Bureau.

Friends, family, and colleagues are mourning the loss of popular and well-known rapper and musician Jamarr Stamps, 43, of Wildomar, who died while in custody at Cois Byrd Detention Center in Banning.

Friends and colleagues who knew and worked with Stamps, including rappers and musicians Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre mourned their friend’s passing on social media. 

“Damn,” Snoop Dogg wrote Monday evening on his Instagram. “R.I.P. To my young. D. P. G. L. L. G. L. B. C. Crew original @badazzlbc gone 2 soon.”

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Justin Rinkert at (951) 922-7300. Callers can refer to incident file number SC193150001 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.


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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 16 grandchildren.

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