State prison officials said Friday that 35-year-old Gregory Adams Jr. was killed inside Columbus Correctional Institution near Whiteville. The prison holds about 700 medium-security inmates.
Prison spokesman Jerry Higgins said Adams' slaying is under investigation. Higgins would not say whether authorities recovered a weapon, had a suspect in custody, or suspected a motive for the killing. Prison officials often refuse to provide details about assaults, citing ongoing investigations or security considerations.
Online records show Adams was twice cited for weapons possession since 2015, when he began serving his sentence of more than 18 years.
WECT reports that Adams was convicted of the 2012 shooting of a Wilmington teen who died four years later.
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