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S.C. inmates charged with murder in fatal stabbing at McCormick Correctional

December 20, 2016

Two inmates at McCormick Correctional Institution have been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a fellow inmate.

Arrest warrants for Courtney Lamont Pauling, 30, and Lorenzo Young, 22, were issued on Tuesday, according to affidavits provided by the S.C. Department of Corrections.

Pauling and Young are accused in the Nov. 19 death of Reico Lamont Welch at the prison in the western part of the state, according to the Corrections Department.

Both men were seen leaving Welch’s cell with homemade knives in their hands and with their clothes covered in blood, according to the affidavits.

The stabbing happened around 1 p.m., according to prison documents. Welch was transported from his cell and was later pronounced dead.

Pauling is serving 50 years in prison for second-degree assault and battery, unauthorized use of a vehicle, kidnapping and armed robbery, according to prison records. Young is serving a life sentence for murder as well as a total of 35 years for second-degree burglary, attempted armed robbery and kidnapping.