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Inmate Arrested in Death at Augusta State Medical Prison


A criminal arrest warrant for the offense of murder was issued Wednesday for Tyrafred Amira Campbell in the prison murder of Shannon Levi Grier.

The killing occurred June 29 at Augusta State Medical Prison.

Campbell is currently in the custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections for armed robbery convictions. At a later date, he will be transported to the Columbia County Detention Center in Appling to be formally charged with murder, authorities said.

Once Campbell is processed at the detention center he will be released back into the custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections.

No motive or details on how the killing occurred was mentioned in a press release from Special Agenct Patrick E. Morgan.

Grier, a convicted child molester, was stabbed to death while sleeping at the Augusta State Medical Prison.

Grier appears to have died from multiple sharp force trauma, authorities said.

Grier, 29, was serving a 25-year sentence for an aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy that occurred in Fulton County in 2007, according to a prison website. His release date was set for 2032.

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Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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