In­mate stabbed to death at NC prison

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - BY AMES ALEXAN­DER


An in­mate serv­ing time for at­tempted mur­der was stabbed to death at an eastern North Carolina prison Fri­day morn­ing.

Gre­gory Adams Jr. , 35, was as­saulted and killed shortly be­fore 8 a.m. at Colum­bus Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion in Whiteville, about 55 miles west of Wilm­ing­ton, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease is­sued by the state Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety.

Adams had been stabbed in the neck area, the re­lease said. Au­thor­i­ties have not yet said who is sus­pected of stab­bing him, but they be­lieve it was an in­mate, a DPS spokesman said.

Of­fi­cials did not say what kind of weapon was used. But prison in­mates of­ten make home­made knives - known as shanks - from pieces of metal, plas­tic and wood.

Adams was con­victed in 2015 of at­tempted first-de­gree mur­der in con­nec­tion with the Au­gust 2012 shoot­ing of Ra’Quan Daniels, a 15-year-old neigh­bor, ac­cord­ing to WECT News.

Adams’ pro­jected re­lease date was Nov. 11, 2032.

Colum­bus Cor­rec­tional, like many of North Carolina’s pris­ons, has strug­gled to fill its of­fi­cer po­si­tions. In Oc­to­ber, about 14 per­cent of the of­fi­cer po­si­tions there were va­cant, ac­cord­ing to DPS data. That doesn’t take into ac­count po­si­tions left va­cant by leaves of ab­sence. Va­cancy rates that high make it eas­ier for in­mates to carry out such at­tacks, ex­perts say.

The medium-se­cu­rity prison is cur­rently on lock­down.

The Colum­bus County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment and the SBI are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent. DPS is co­op­er­at­ing with law en­force­ment and will seek crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion against any in­mate in­volved in the death, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

At Lee Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion, in South Carolina, in­mates armed with shanks ri­oted for more than seven hours on April 15, leav­ing seven prison­ers dead.

Alexan­der: 704-358-5060; @ame­salex

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