WADESBORO -- Three men have been indicted on murder and other charges in connection with the death of a fellow inmate during a prison riot last fall in Anson County, according to state officials.
An investigation by the SBI and the Anson County Sheriffs Office resulted in the indictments, handed down this week by a grand jury in Wadesboro, against Joel Coto Ortiz, Julio Alberto Zelaya-Sorto, and Gregorio Cortez Vazquez.
They face charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and assault with a deadly weapon.
The riot occurred Sept. 28 at the Lanesboro Correctional Institution near Polkton. During the riot, 35-year-old Wesley Eugene Turner, a Wayne County inmate serving a sentence for second-degree murder, was stabbed to death.
Another inmate, 37-year-old Christopher Keith Cook of Durham County, was seriously wounded. Cook was serving a sentence on habitual felon and other charges, according to the states prison database.
The three men charged in the case and Cook have all been moved to other institutions, according to state officials.
State prison records show Ortiz, 31, of Wake County, was serving a 10-year sentence for robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon.
Records show Zelaya-Sorto, 46, of Guilford County, was serving a sentence of 14 to 18 years for second-degree murder.
And state records show Vazquez, 30, of Bertie County, had been sentenced to 10 years for second-degree murder.
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