SC inmates charged in killings of 4 other prisoners

  • SC inmates charged in killings of 4 other prisoners

SC inmates charged in killings of 4 other prisoners

Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling says the four inmates were found dead Friday at 10:35 a housing unit at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts had not released the official cause of death as of the early morning hours of Saturday. "I have asked the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to lead this investigation", said Stirling. You agree that you are exclusively responsible for your communications and any content you provide. The facility receives, assesses and classifies every male inmate in the state who is sentenced to more than 91 days in prison. Kelley was serving a 15-year sentence for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. Philip's is also serving a left sentence for two previous murders in Berkeley County in 2013, according to state records.

35-year-old Denver Simmons and 25-year-old Jacob Philip are each charged with four counts of murder.

King was serving time for a variety of crimes and had a projected release date of October 2020. The prison processes almost 15,000 offenders each year.

According to a warrant released by the law enforcement division, Simmons and Philip confessed to killing the four inmates. He was scheduled to be released from prison in August 2020. He said he is not prepared to give out any details yet regarding how the inmates died. According to the paper, correctional officers have also been accused of assaulting inmates at the prison. They will face a minimum sentence of 30 years for each murder. Their cases have not gone to trial yet.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections identified the deceased inmates as Jason Kelley, 36, Jimmy Hamm, 56, John King, 52 and William Scruggs, 44.