Published: Sun, April 09, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

2 inmates charged with killing 4 in South Carolina prison

2 inmates charged with killing 4 in South Carolina prison

SLED has charged two men with the deaths of four inmates in a SC prison.

Coroner Gary Watts confirms he's investigating four deaths at the facility, but wouldn't give any details about how the inmates died.

Guards found the four men at 10:35 a dorm at Kirkland Correctional Institution, a state maximum security site outside Columbia that holds approximately 15,000 offenders, said Sommer Sharpe. It includes a maximum security unit, where the most risky and violent prisoners are housed.

"I have asked the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to lead this investigation", Stirling said.

Authorities charged Denver Simmons, 35, and Jacob Philip, 25, with 4 counts of murder each, according to a report.

The Corrections Department will conduct an internal investigation into the killings after the criminal investigation is finished, Corrections Department Director Bryan Stirling told The Associated Press on Saturday. The charge carries a penalty upon conviction for each count of death or a minimum of 30 years to life in prison.

Warrants for the arrests of Simmons and Philip allege the two confessed to luring the other four inmates into a cell and attacking them. Prison officials are investigating the attack and have not commented.

Kelley was serving time for burglary charges, grand larceny, and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, all which occurred in Darlington County, an inmate report says.

King's projected release date was October 2020. He was scheduled to be released from prison in August 2020. In 2016, three correctional officers were fired for stabbing an inmate in the chest. The officers were charged with attempted murder and misconduct in public office, CNN affiliate WIS reported.

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