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Correctional officers and inmates indicted in plot to kill another inmate

Correctional officers and inmates indicted in plot to kill another inmate

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WV State Regional Jail Authority  Director, Joe DeLong, confirmed that four correctional officers and four other inmates are now charged after they plotted to kill another inmate. DeLong said the information surrounding the investigation came out Friday when the indictment was unsealed in Cabell County, WV. 

DeLong added the correctional officers involved in the incident which occurred in October of 2013 are no longer with the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority. 

Steven D. Adkins of Milton, WV is one of the correctional officers charged. He has been charged with  accessory before the fact of first-degree murder.  Benjamin Browning of Kermit, WV; John Bruhin of Huntington, WV; and  Jeffrey Winkler of Chesapeake, OH have been charged with of aiding and abetting as well as attempted murder.

The inmates charged in the indictment include; Steven Lee Adkins, Jr., James Galloway, James Kenney and Jared Harris. They are all charged with attempted murder and conspiracy.

All four correctional officers and inmates will be arraigned on the new charges listed in the indictment on a future date.  

Zachary Lawson, 19, was the target of the plot but the indictment did not reveal why he was charged or what happened to him. Lawson is currently serving time on sex related charges. The indictment doesn't give details on why Lawson was targeted or what exactly happened to him.