Anaheim Police Dept.,File, Associated Press
FILE - This file photo released on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, provided by the Anaheim Police Dept. shows Itzcoatl Ocampo. The ex-Marine charged with killing four homeless men in Orange County has been linked to the stabbing deaths of a woman and her son, Anaheim police said Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. Investigators determined there is an association between Ocampo and Eder Herrera, who is charged in the deaths his mother and his brother, and remains in custody, Anaheim police Lt. Julian Harvey said. .

YORBA LINDA, California — Authorities say a man previously accused of murdering his mother and brother in Southern California was released from jail after the charges were dropped, but that he is now in custody of federal immigration officials.

Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Gary Strachan said Saturday that Eder Herrera was transferred Friday to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement because he is suspected of being in the country illegally.

Strachan had no additional information. A message was left with ICE seeking comment.

Herrera had been charged with the October murders of his mother and brother in Yorba Linda but authorities on Friday said they had uncovered evidence linking Itzcoatl Ocampo, a suspected serial killer, to the crimes.

Ocampo, a high school friend of Herrera, is charged with killing four homeless men in Orange County.