Inmates killed 4 fellow prisoners in attempt to land on death row (VIDEO)
By Jennifer Cruz
In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, one of the two inmates accused of killing four fellow inmates at the Kirkland Correctional Institution just outside of Columbia, South Carolina, earlier this year, spoke out and gave some insight to the motive behind the slayings.
Denver Simmons, 35, is serving a life sentence for the double murder of woman and her son. Simmons said after a failed attempt at suicide, he saw the slaying of his fellow inmates as a means to get on death row. Jacob Philip, 26, who is also serving a life sentence for the double murder of his girlfriend and her daughter, agreed to help.
After months of “joking” about it, Simmons and Philip devised a plan in March, then carried it out on April 7. One by one, they led each of the four inmates into a cell and strangled them, hiding the bodies within the confines of a prison cell after each murder, as not to spook the next in line.
Once the killings were completed, Simmons and Philip walked to the guard station and told the guards what they did.
The murdered inmates were identified as Jimmy Ham, 56; Jason Kelley, 35; John King, 52; and William