Four inmates charged with first-degree murder in prison workers' deaths

Four inmates charged with guards' murders in deadly attempted prison escape

4 NC inmates charged with murder in attempted prison escape

Both Justin James Smith and Veronica Skinner Darden will be laid to rest this weekend in Elizabeth City, according to each officers obituaries. The state's public safety chief expressed outrage Friday that certain violent inmates had access to cutting tools, and announced a thorough review and temporary ban on such prison jobs. Both services will be held at Elizabeth City State University.

A joint news conference was held Friday morning in Pasquotank County - where officials announced the charges against inmates Wisezah Buckman, Seth Frazier, Mikel Brady and Jonathan Monk.

Two other employees remain hospitalized in Norfolk in critical condition.

Services are being held for two workers killed during an attempted escape by North Carolina prisoners who tried to burn, stab and slash their way out.

"I can't imagine these families, what they're going through", said Pasquotank County Sheriff Randy Cartwright. He was a fugitive, wanted in Vermont on a probation violation, when he shot the trooper at close range in the face, hands and right shoulder.

All four have been transferred to maximum-security prisons near Raleigh.

Pasquotank County District Attorney Andrew Womble said his office plans to prosecute the four inmates to the fullest extent of the law. Darden taught work skills in the sewing plant, while Smith provided security. However, no inmates left the prison yard.

Pending that review, a specific set of inmates with convictions for assaultive crimes will be suspended from participation in Correction Enterprises operations that involve the use of cutting and/or impact tools until further risk assessments can be completed.

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