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Inmate details 4 prison killings: 'I did it for nothing'


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Guards at the Kirkland Correctional Institution rushed to Denver Simmons' cell and made a grisly discovery: Four men from the unit for mentally ill prisoners had been beaten and strangled.

Simmons, 35, and Jacob Philip, 26, both already serving life without parole for double murders, were charged with the slayings.

In a series of phone calls to The Associated Press, Simmons confessed to the April 7 killings. Why? They could not endure lives in prison, he said, and wanted to be executed.

"The more people (you kill), the more chance they're gonna give it to you," Simmo...

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