Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Two charged in death of four inmates at SC prison

Kirkland Correctional Institution is located northwest of downtown Columbia Kirkland Correctional Institution is located northwest of downtown Columbia
Craig Ferguson | 09 April, 2017, 03:14

Scruggs was serving a life sentence.

Both Simmons and Philip are being held at the SC Department of Corrections, according to the arrest report from SLED.

Scruggs took several items from McCullough's home before taking his vehicle.

These cases will be prosecuted by the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office. McCullough's body was found by his family members several days later.

Simons was previously convicted of murder in 2007 and serving two life sentences. Projected release date: August 13, 2020. He was scheduled for release in August 2020.

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.

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Corrections officials found inmates John Tely King, 52, of Greenville; Jason Howard Kelley, 35, of Gaffney; Jimmy Ham, 56, of Hartsville; and William Bradley Scruggs, 44, of Anderson dead in a cell at the Columbia-area maximum-security prison Friday morning.

Kirkland operates a specialized housing unit for the state's most unsafe inmates, an assessment and evaluation center for new inmates sentenced to more than three months, and a 24-bed infirmary, according to the Corrections website.

There have been previous incidents of violence reported at Kirkland.

The New York Times said that in 2015 two Kirkland prisoners took two nurses hostage with homemade knives, maintaining a standoff for eight hours until guards managed to retake control. According to the paper, correctional officers have also been accused of assaulting inmates at the prison.

The coroner says all four inmates died between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

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