An inmate at the State Correctional Institution in Forest County is dead and another inmate has been charged with criminal homicide.
26-year-old Elwood Braswell is accused of repeatedly punching 63-year-old Frederick Kirkland, stepping on his head, placing a pillow on his face and sitting on it until Kirkland stopped breathing.
Kirkland was found dead in his cell at 5:25 Wednesday morning.
Police say Braswell also tied the end of a bed sheet around Kirkland’s neck and tied the sheet to the top of a bunk bed frame, and also put bars of soap in a sock and hit him multiple times in the head with it. He then allegedly urinated and defecated on him.
Besides criminal homicide, Braswell is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated harassment by a prisoner and abuse of a corpse.