The accused detainees, 35-year old Denver Jordan Simmons and 25-year old Jacob Theophilus Philip were each accused of four counts of murder for the killings at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia, the state capital, said a representative for the state law authorization division. The killed prisoners were 52-year old John King, 35-year old Jason Kelley, 44-year old William Scruggs, and 56-year old Jimmy Ham.
The experts said Simmons and Philip baited the four men into a cell on Friday morning and choked them. A capture warrant said Mr. Ham had likewise been cut with a broomstick that had been honed into a weapon.
Mr. Simmons and Mr. Philip have conceded executing the men, and no less than a part of the assaults was caught by the jail's reconnaissance camcorders, as per the capture warrants. The reason the four were slaughtered was not clear. Their bodies were found by watchmen around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, after detainees at the jail had breakfast.