JACKSON — An Albany man serving time in a Georgia prison for murder was killed by five other prison inmates last week, officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation say.
The GBI has charged five inmates at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson with the armed robbery and murder of Laderick Cornellius Chappel, 33, of Albany, a news release from the law enforcement agency says.
The inmates were charged as a result of an investigation conducted by agents with the GBI Milledgeville Regional Office and prison officials early Friday morning after Chappel was robbed and thrown to his death from the second floor of a prison dormitory, the release states.
An autopsy conducted Friday at the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur indicated Chappel died from blunt force trauma resulting from the fall, the GBI stated.
The inmates charged with armed robbery and murder in connection to the incident are William Woodrow Wells, 21, of Louisville; Dante Ray Myles, 27, of Covington; Niko Lamar Swann, 23, of Atlanta; Demarcus D. Crew, 19, of Elberton, and Justin O’neal Clinkscales, 27, of Hartwell.
Information from the Georgia Department of Corrections website indicates that Chappel was incarcerated for a murder that took place in October 2010.
This sentence stemmed from the pipe-beating death of Frankie Carr, 54, on East Broad Avenue in Albany.
Chappel was initially arrested on Nov. 12, 2010, in Atlanta on warrants that had been issued by the Albany Police Department in connection to the homicide of Carr.
Records dating to 1998 show Chappel had also been previously convicted of terroristic threats and acts, possession of cocaine, robbery by intimidation and disorderly conduct.