Inmate charged with murder of prisoner at Baldwin facility

The GBI charged an inmate at Baldwin State Prison Wednesday with the killing of a fellow inmate, officials said.

Carl Eric Merkerson, 30, who already was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction in DeKalb County, was charged with murder in the death of Terrence Demond Bowen, also 30, GBI Special Agent Tom Davis said.

Merkerson allegedly beat up Bowen, who was found in his cell unconscious Tuesday by prison guards.

Bowen was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia, where he died Wednesday afternoon from his injuries.

Davis said Merkerson didn’t have a weapon.

According to Department of Corrections records, Merkerson was physically larger than Bowen, at 6 feet 2 inches, 250 pounds.

Bowen was listed at 5 feet 7, 145 pounds.

Davis declined to say what the fight was about, citing the ongoing investigation. Bowen was serving a life sentence for a February 2006 conviction for rape and burglary in Douglas County.

He had previous drug-related convictions.

Department of Corrections officials transferred Merkerson on Wednesday to Jackson State Prison.

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