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RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 46-year-old man on death row for killing a fellow inmate killed himself.

WCSC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/10jMxkB ) that Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet says Kenneth Justus used a razor blade to commit suicide.

Justus died Tuesday night at the maximum security Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville. Nisbet says Justus still had the blade in his hand when guards found him.

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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