2 inmates charged with killing 4 in South Carolina prison

Kirkland Correctional Institution is a level 3 prison that houses inmates considered to be the most risky and violent offenders sentenced in the state.

Kirkland Correctional Institution is a level 3 prison built in 1975 that houses the maximum security unit that serves the entire state of SC. The Richland County Coroner's Office and S.C. Department of Corrections Police Services Division are assisting with the investigation.

Two South Carolina prison inmates serving life sentences for murder were charged with killing four other prisoners inside a maximum-security prison, authorities said Saturday.

According to a warrant released by the law enforcement division, Simmons and Philip confessed to killing the four inmates. Both men were already serving life sentences for previous murders.

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In the deaths of King, Kelley and Scruggs, Simmons and Philip are accused with strangling each to death.

The warrant states that Simmons and Philip lured the four inmates into a cell where all four were strangled.to death In addition to being strangled, authorities said Ham and Kelley were also beaten with a broomstick.

The warrants say the men worked together to choke all four inmates.

Jason Kelley - sentenced in 2012 in Cherokee County to 15 years for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. The prison processes almost 15,000 offenders each year. He was scheduled for release in August 2020. In 2016, three correctional officers were fired for stabbing an inmate in the chest. Kendrick Hoover, 27, was stabbed by another inmate in March at Evans Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison in Bennettsville. They will face a minimum sentence of 30 years for each murder.

  • Alfonso Moody