Killer of 4 feared living in general prison population, his lawyer says
By: Steve Schmadeke, Tribune reporters
The Chicago Tribune
Thursday, April 29, 2010
A death row inmate who sneaked into his estranged girlfriend's Will County farmhouse in 2002 and beat her and three others to death with a crowbar apparently killed himself Thursday because he was scared of being moved into the prison system's general population.
Brian Nelson, 27, who was convicted of murder, home invasion and aggravated arson in 2006, was found dead in his Pontiac Correctional Center cell about 2:30 a.m., according to a Department of Corrections spokeswoman. Other sources said it appeared Nelson had hanged himself.