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Newton County man charged with death of fellow inmate in Jackson

COVINGTON -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has announced that five inmates of the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, including a man from Covington, have been charged with murder and armed robbery in connection with the death of a fellow inmate.

Dante Ray Myles, 27, of Covington; William Woodrow Wells, 21, of Louisville; Niko Lamar Swann, 23, of Atlanta; Demarcus D. Crew, 19, of Elberton and Justin O'Neal Clinkscales, 27, of Hartwell, were charged as the result of a GBI investigation into the death of Laderick Cornellius Chappel, 33, of Albany.

The incident occurred Friday morning when Chappel was thrown to his death from the second floor of a prison dormitory. An autopsy was conducted at the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur which indicated Chappel died of blunt force trauma caused by the fall.

Myles is currently serving a 10-year sentence for aggravated assault, burglary and assorted lesser charges for crimes in Newton County which commenced in July of 2009. He was previously convicted of drug charges, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and other charges in Rockdale County as well as a DeKalb County robbery. His prison record dates back to 2005.