Columbia inmate dies after fight with cellmate, officials say

Updated: Apr. 20, 2021 at 6:46 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The South Carolina Department of Corrections is investigating the death of an inmate following a physical altercation.

The incident occurred on April 9 at the Broad River Correctional Institution.

Officials say the inmate got into a fight with his cellmate. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries sustained to his face and head.

The inmate, later identified as 52-year-old James Wheeler, remained in the hospital until his death on April 19.

This case remains under investigation. Charges are pending.

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