South Carolina Inmates Charged After 4 Fellow Prisoners Found Dead

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

Two inmates at the Kirkland Correctional Institute in Columbia are facing charges after four of their fellow inmates were found deceased in a housing unit at the institution Friday morning, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. Authorities said the officers, who were charged with attempted murder and misconduct in office, stabbed an inmate while he was handcuffed. It 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.

The State Law Enforcement Division and Corrections police investigated this case. Kelley was serving a 15-year sentence for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

Simmons and Philip are accused of strangling each inmate.


Warrants for the arrests of Simmons and Philip allege the two confessed to luring the other four inmates into a cell and attacking them. The prison processes almost 15,000 offenders each year.

King was serving time for a variety of crimes and had a projected release date of October 2020. Both men were already serving life sentences for previous murders. He was scheduled to be released from prison in August 2020.

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

In 2016, a corrections officer was sacked for allegedly hitting a handcuffed inmate in the face. Before male inmates 17 and older are assigned to a prison across the state, all start there. They will face a minimum sentence of 30 years for each murder.


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