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Inmate Seized in 4 Prison Farm Killings

October 24, 1994| Associated Press

GREENSBORO, Ala. — An inmate at a state prison cattle ranch is accused of killing the director, the director's wife and two inmates Sunday and burning the bodies in a house, prison officials said.

Kelvin O'Neal Washington, 27, was arrested in the slayings hours later on prison property, said John Hale, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections. Washington is serving a 20-year sentence for a 1984 theft and assault conviction. A motive in the slayings was not immediately known.

A body believed to be that of 74-year-old Charles A. Farquhar, director of the prison named in his honor, was found bludgeoned inside his brick ranch house, which had been set ablaze, Hale said.

The bludgeoned body of Farquhar's 68-year-old wife, Doris, and the body of one of the inmates were also found in the house. The body of the second inmate was found in the carport. The inmates were shot, authorities said.

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