Three South Carolina correctional officers are facing attempted murder charges after the stabbing of a prison inmate in their care this year.
The State newspaper reported Thursday that Officers Jarrell Boyan, Pernell Fogle and Jaquan Smith are charged with attempted murder and misconduct in office. All three worked at the Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia. The state Department of Corrections said it fired the guards on Wednesday. They had been on administrative suspension without pay.
Arrest warrants state the three men went into an inmate’s cell on October 6, where that inmate was stabbed four times in the torso. The warrants state the inmate, whose name is redacted, was handcuffed at the time. The warrants do not explain a reason why the officers entered the cell.
It’s the second time this week the Corrections Department has announced criminal charges against their own officers. A day earlier, the agency announced former officer Tierra Armstrong was fired and arrested on assault and battery charges after an investigator accused her of striking a handcuffed inmate in the face at the same prison.
Kirkland is a high-security prison for violent offenders that is located in the northwestern suburbs of Columbia.