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Inmate Stabbed to Death in Scotland County Prison

Posted February 5, 2008
Updated February 6, 2008

— A Scotland Correction Institution inmate died Tuesday afternoon in a stabbing inside the prison, state correction officials said.

Gary N. Bell, 41, died from multiple stab wounds to his chest, DOC spokesman Keith Acree said.

Scotland County sheriff's deputies and the State Bureau of Investigation were looking into the killing, Acree said.

Bell was serving a 12-year sentence based on a Sampson County conviction as a habitual felon in 2002. He had numerous convictions in Sampson County, including breaking and entering, assault on a police officer, larceny and driving while impaired, according to Department of Correction records.


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  • alrighty then.... Feb 6, 2008

    If you have never worked inside a prison facility, it is hard to understand the day to day operation. Inmates have a lot of free time to plan and scheme, and that's exactly what they do.

  • Redneck_Bob Feb 6, 2008

    While it may be true that he did not deserve to die, he could have made other choices with his life that would have kept him out of there in the first place

  • catlover Feb 6, 2008

    I agree that this man did not deserved to be murdered, but at the same time the Correctional Officers can not be everywhere and see everything all the time. I know when I eas a CO, I was "locked down" in the dorms with 68 inmates and there is no way that I could watch all 68 at one time. Everyone wants the inmates protected, then they should agree to pay more taxes so the state can hire more Correctional Officers. As long as there is a 68 to 1 ratio, they will never be totally protected. So please pray for these inmates safety and at the same time think about that 1 CO that has to be responsible for all those convicted felons (murderers, rapists and child molesters) and hope they (the inmates) will let that CO go home to their familes when their 12 hour shift is over.

  • MadBiker Feb 6, 2008

    Nobody judged this guy except the judge (who put him in prison) and the killer. The killer will be judged by a judge (at least another year added to his sentence) and God.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Feb 6, 2008

    He didn't ask to be murdered in prison. I don't have much sympathy for prisoners, but it's bad enough they have to be there (I know, I know, they PUT themselves there...) But the system should be able to protect them while they pay their debt to society. That's my take anyway. Prisons are supposed to be organized, not places of anarchy.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 6, 2008

    Does not matter if the word CHURCH is spelled with a small "c" or large "C" the meaning of the word is still the same. People makes the church otherwise it is just a building. Then tell me why there is always some type of disagreement in the "c" "C" hurch when we are there we should be worshiping the Lord and hearing the word. Many people cannot even get along even in the Lords house.

  • Politically Honest NOT PC Feb 6, 2008

    "I just wonder how you would have felt if this had been your family member? You most likely would have nothing to say then."
    I would have said the same thing There is a difference in going to church and going to Church. church with small letters is just a building but, Church with a capital "C" is a place of worship where you not only hear the word of God but learn how to live it also. Wherever two or more are gathered in my name...

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 6, 2008

    There was a so called minister this past week that alleged to have killed a young girl. Many people attend church but are not christians. Just because you attend church does not mean you are a good person. Judge not that ye be judge. While you are judging this man, the Lord will judge you. I just wonder how you would have felt if this had been your family member? You most likely would have nothing to say then. None of us are perfect and make all kinds of mistakes.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 6, 2008

    A human life is still human regardless if person is still in prison. Where was the guards that allowed it to get that far? What are the charges to the person that did the killing?

  • garnertoy Feb 6, 2008

    a crazy world