McCormick inmate charged in fatal prison stabbing Saturday

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SLED charged Jack Cooper, 21, in the murder of McCormick inmate Lamont Perry.

AIKEN –Authorities have arrested the man that fatally stabbed a fellow inmate at the McCormick Correctional Institute Saturday.

SLED charged Jack Cooper, 21, in the murder of Lamont Perry, who had been serving a 15-year-sentence for second-degree criminal sexual conduct since 2005, SLED spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said in a news release.

SLED investigators believe Mr. Cooper stabbed Mr. Perry several times before his body was found around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, said South Carolina Department of Corrections spokesman Josh Gelinas.

Mr. Cooper was transferred to the Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia, where he has been isolated from other inmates, Mr. Gelinas said.

Mr. Cooper had been serving time for burglary at the maximum-security facility since 2007, Mr. Gelinas said.

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