Kirkland Correctional Institution is a level 3 prison built in 1975 that houses the maximum security unit that serves the entire state of SC.
Four incarcerated people were found dead Friday morning inside of a SC maximum security prison.
Coroner Gary Watts confirms he's investigating four deaths at the facility, but wouldn't give any details about how the inmates died.
In statement, South Carolina Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said: "I have asked the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to lead this investigation". Authorities said he strangled his girlfriend and her 8-year-old daughter in Berkeley County.
According to a warrant released by the law enforcement division, Simmons and Philip confessed to killing the four inmates.
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Simmons and Philip are accused of strangling King, Kelley, Scruggs and Ham until death.
The four inmates who died at a Columbia prison have now been identified. Kelley was serving 15 years for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. He was serving a 36-year prison sentence for a variety of offenses, including charges of assault and battery, grand larceny, and two burglary in the second-degree charges.
35-year-old Denver Simmons and 25-year-old Jacob Philip are each charged with four counts of murder. Philip has no disciplinary actions against him in almost two years in state prison. He was scheduled to be released from prison in August 2020.
In 2016, a corrections officer was sacked for allegedly hitting a handcuffed inmate in the face.
Last year, three corrections officers at Kirkland were fired after officials said they tried to kill an inmate in their care. They will face a minimum sentence of 30 years for each murder.