Turbeville inmate killed, 8 injured in New Year's Eve fight


An inmate was killed and eight others were injured during a fight in Turbeville Correctional Institution on New Year's Eve, officials said.

Allen Jerome Capers, 32, was confirmed as the man who died during the "inmate-on-inmate altercation" on Sunday at the Level 2 security facility in Clarendon County, according to the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

The agency posted on Twitter just after 5 p.m. Sunday that it and SLED were responding to an incident "isolated to one housing unit" and that there was no threat to the public.

Another post about 8:45 p.m. indicated "all staff are safe and accounted for."

Capers had been serving time since 2005 for three armed robbery and two kidnapping charges from Charleston in 2004, according to SCDC inmate records.

He received nine disciplinaries between 2010 and 2015 for offenses including possession of a weapon and possession/attempt to possess a cell-phone.

Capers was involved in a riot in 2013 in McCormick and had been at Turbeville since Dec. 28, 2016.

He had not received any disciplinaries since Dec. 31, 2015, two months after he was given an additional five years of time to serve for being caught with marijuana in McCormick, records show.

He was scheduled to be released in 2026, according to records. He was neither eligible for parole nor furlough.

What started the fight or how Capers was killed were not immediately clear.

The Clarendon County Sheriff's Office, EMS and SLED assisted on scene. SCDC Police Services will investigate the incident with assistance from SLED Crime Scene.