2 inmates charged with killing 4 in South Carolina prison

09 April, 2017, 01:48 | Author: Michele Stevens
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Autopsies on four inmates found dead inside a cell in a SC prison say they were all strangled and were killed within 30 minutes of each other. The cause of death for the other two inmates was also strangulation, Watts said.

Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling tells The Associated Press the inmates were found Friday morning in a dorm at Kirkland Correctional Institution in the capital of Columbia. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says he's investigating their how they died, but said they're deaths do not appear to be natural. Authorities said he strangled his girlfriend and her 8-year-old daughter in Berkeley County. It includes a maximum security unit, where the most unsafe and violent prisoners are housed.

Spokespeople from the state's law enforcement division and from the correctional facility could not immediately be reached for comment.

Jason Kelley - sentenced in 2012 in Cherokee County to 15 years for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

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King's projected release date was October 2020.

Simmons and Philip are accused of strangling each inmate. Scruggs was sentenced to life in prison for murder and first-degree burglary.

Kirkland Correctional Institution is a level 3 prison that houses inmates considered to be the most risky and violent offenders sentenced in the state. He was scheduled for release in August 2020. In 1998, he was sentenced to 75 years in prison. The officers allegedly stabbed the inmate while he was handcuffed. Before male inmates 17 and older are assigned to a prison across the state, all start there. The officers were charged with attempted murder and misconduct in public office, CNN affiliate WIS reported.

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