published Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Fourth Hays Prison inmate slain

Hays State Prison as seen from a field behind the Guard Line in Trion, Georgia.
Hays State Prison as seen from a field behind the Guard Line in Trion, Georgia.
Photo by Dan Henry.

* Dec. 19: 25-year-old Derrick Stubbs dies from a severe beating

* Dec. 26: 27-year-old Damion MacClain dies after being strangled and beaten in his bed

* Jan. 18: 31-year-old Nathaniel Reynolds dies after being ambushed as he is escorted back to his dorm

* Feb. 5: A Hays inmate is slain by another Hays inmate as both arrived at the high maximum security prison in Jackson, Ga.

State investigators confirm that an inmate was killed today at the high maximum security prison in Jackson, Ga.

While officials wouldn’t say who the inmate was, sources close to the prison say the inmate had just been transferred from Hays State Prison and was killed by another transferring Hays inmate.

The inmate was the fourth from Hays killed in a spate of violence that stretches back six weeks.

He was killed inside the transfer yard at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification prison, the sources said. The inmates had just been bused to Jackson this morning from Trion, Ga., they said.

The Diagnostic and Classification prison is where close security and death penalty prisoners go as well as inmates about to be transferred to another prison in Georgia.

High maximum is the highest level of security in the Georgia prison system.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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