2 inmates charged with killing 4 in South Carolina prison

Apr 09, 2017, 01:43
2 inmates charged with killing 4 in South Carolina prison

The facility receives, assesses and classifies every male inmate in the state who is sentenced to more than 91 days in prison.

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

The four men were found dead at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Richland County at 10:35 a.m., said Sommer Sharpe, spokeswoman for the S.C. Department of Corrections. The exact causes of their deaths has not yet been released, but authorities have stated they do not seem to have died from "natural causes", according to Coroner Gary Watts.

The State Law Enforcement Division and Corrections police are investigating.

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

According to an affidavit, Simmons confessed that he and Philip murdered the inmates.

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.

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.

Simmons, 35, has been behind bars since his 2007 arrest on charges he killed a woman he knew in Colleton County, took her debit card and ate pizza for lunch, then got her 13-year-old son from school and killed him too. Scheduled release date: October 6, 2020. Kendrick Hoover, 27, was stabbed by another inmate in March at Evans Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison in Bennettsville. They were charged with misconduct while in office and attempted murder.