This Feb. 27, 2017 booking photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Corrections shows William Tillman. Tillman, a South Carolina prisoner already convicted of killing someone behind bars, has been charged with murder in the death of his cellmate last month. Arrest warrants say Tillman kicked Carl Pollen Jr. several times in the head, then strangled him with a bed sheet on April 29, 2019, at Perry Correctional Institute near Pelzer, S.C. (South Carolina Department of Corrections via AP)

Prosecutor: Inmate's past motives linked to sexual advances

May 26, 2019 - 12:24 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A prosecutor says a South Carolina inmate charged last month with killing his cellmate had two prior convictions for killing men over alleged sexual advances.

Prosecutor Ervin Maye told The Associated Press that inmate William Tillman stabbed his cellmate to death at McCormick Correctional Institute 17 years ago. Tillman pleaded guilty and was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison.

Maye prosecuted that case and said investigators believe Tillman killed his cellmate for having rejected Tillman's sexual advances.

At the time, Tillman was already serving a life sentence for killing a roommate in 1999. Maye says investigators believe the motive in that case also stems from Tillman's sexual advances being rejected.

Authorities say Tillman killed his cellmate at Perry Correctional Institution in Pelzer in April.

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