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RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A 46-year-old man on death row for killing a fellow inmate has been found dead in his cell.

Authorities said Kenneth Justus died Tuesday night at the maximum security Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville. Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet says an autopsy was planned for Wednesday and he will release more details including how Justus died after he gets the results.

Justus was serving a life sentence for two killings in Oconee County when he stabbed fellow inmate Justin Bregenzer a dozen times with a homemade knife in 2005. Justus pleaded guilty to 22-year-old Bregenzer’s killing and asked to die as punishment.

Bregenzer was originally in prison for breaking into cars, but ended up in maximum security after walking away from a trash pickup detail.

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