4 inmates found dead at a South Carolina prison, authorities say

Jason Kelley, John King, Jimmy Ham, William Scruggs
From left to right: Jason Kelley, John King, Jimmy Ham, William Scruggs (South Carolina Department of Corrections)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Authorities say four inmates have been found dead at a South Carolina prison.

Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling says the four inmates were found dead Friday at 10:35 a.m. in a housing unit at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia.

The inmates were identified as John King, Jason Kelley, Jimmy Ham, and William Scruggs.

According to the Department of Corrections, three of the inmates were arrested in the Upstate: Jason Kelley in Cherokee County, John King in Greenville County, and William Scruggs in Anderson County.

The fourth inmate, Jimmy Ham, was arrested in Darlington County.

The Department of Corrections did not say how the inmates died.

“I have asked the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to lead this investigation,” said Sterling.

The Richland County Coroner’s Office will assist.

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