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Inmates indicted on murder charges for death and injury of fellow inmates

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Joel C. Ortiz - INDICTED Joel C. Ortiz - INDICTED
Gregorio C. Vazquez - INDICTED Gregorio C. Vazquez - INDICTED
Julio Zelaya-Sorto - INDICTED Julio Zelaya-Sorto - INDICTED
Wesley Eugene Turner, Jr. - KILLED Wesley Eugene Turner, Jr. - KILLED
ANSON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Three inmates from the Lanesboro Correctional Institute in Polkton have been indicted by an Anson County Grand Jury for the September 28, 2012 murder of a fellow inmate, and an assault on a second inmate.

Officials say the men used a homemade shank as a weapon.

The inmate who was killed - Wesley Eugene Turner, Jr. - was serving time for Second Degree Murder, Conspiracy Murder First Degree, and an attempted prison escape. He was scheduled for release in 2017.

Inmates Joel Coto Ortiz, Julio Alberto Zelaya-Sorto, and Gregorio Cortez Vazquez are indicted for First Degree Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder against Turner. They were also indicted for Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury - related to the stabbing of inmate Christopher Keith Cook.

The suspects are no longer being housed at Lanesboro, but will be brought to Anson County to have the indictments served.

The Anson County Sheriff's Office and the State Bureau of Investigations conducted the investigation.

Lanesboro Correctional Institution is a 1,000 cell, high security prison facility located adjacent to Brown Creek Correctional Institution and Anson Correctional Center in Polkton, NC.  The prison is named for the nearby community of Lanesboro.

The prison has a staff complement of 403 employees including correctional officers, administrators, food service, medical, dental and maintenance workers.

Lanesboro has a standard operating capacity of 864 close-custody male inmates, with 128 segregation cells and 8 health care beds.  The first inmates arrived in January 2004.

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