Man accused of murder after fellow inmate died after fight at Perry Correctional


COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – The South Carolina Department of Corrections Police Services said Wednesday that an inmate was charged with the death of another inmate that happened last month.

We reported earlier that Carl Andrew Pollen, Jr., 46, of Pelzer, was injured during a fight in his cell with another inmate on April 29, 2019 at around 2 a.m.

Pollen reportedly died a short time later.

William Edward Tillman, 54, who was cellmates with Pollen at Perry Correctional Institution in Pelzer, was charged with murder. 

According to the release, Tillman reportedly hit Pollen several times on the head with his foot. Pollen was also strangled with a bedsheet.

An article by the Associated Press said that Tillman killed another cellmate, Michael Hodge, in 2002 at the McCormick Correctional Institution. He was sentenced to 30 years.

The Associated Press said Tillman was imprisoned in 2000 after he was convicted of killing his Spartanburg County roommate. 

According to AP’s article, Tillman reportedly stabbed him in the neck. Tillman claimed self-defense during his trial, saying the incident happened after a fight with his roommate.

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