Crime & Courts

SC inmate found dead in prison cell identified

An inmate at Lieber Correctional Institution was found dead in his cell after what prison officials believe was an attack by a cellmate.

Corrections officers found Matthew Williams dead Friday morning at the prison in Ridgeville, a South Carolina Department of Corrections spokesperson said.

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The department’s police services are investigating the death as a homicide, and charges against Williams’ cellmate are expected to be filed soon, a spokesperson said.

Few details were available about Williams on Saturday. A search for him in the Department of Corrections’ online records turned up no results.

The suspect has not been identified.

Lieber Correctional Institution is a maximum security prison.

David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.