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Family: Slain inmate was in protective custody

Clifton Majors' family says his death at the prison in Rankin County was a hit put out by the notorious gang the Simon City Royals. Clifton Majors' family says his death at the prison in Rankin County was a hit put out by the notorious gang the Simon City Royals.
Majors was serving an 18-year sentence for burglary of a residence, armed robbery and conspiracy. (Source: Family) Majors was serving an 18-year sentence for burglary of a residence, armed robbery and conspiracy. (Source: Family)
Inmate Tyler Smith is accused of fatally beating Majors. Inmate Tyler Smith is accused of fatally beating Majors.
PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The family of the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility inmate killed over the weekend says he was targeted by gang members.

Clifton Majors' family says his death at the prison in Rankin County was a hit put out by a gang.

They also say he was supposed to be in protective custody and that there had to be a major breach in security. They claim he was put into protective custody by prison officials after he witnessed a murder while in prison in Greene county.

They say Majors gave a written statement but had not testified. They say somehow that statement he gave was circulated by gang members through the prisons with his name on it.

Majors' mother, Brenda Moreno, says her son weighed about 100 pounds lighter than his attacker Tyler Smith and never posed a threat to anyone.

"My son was in protective custody, somebody had to open the door. He had two defensive wounds and it was on the back of each forearm where he had done this and the boy literally stomped him to death," Moreno said.

According to the Mississippi Department of Corrections, inmate Tyler Smith has reportedly admitted to fatally beating Majors and told MDOC investigators he was scared Majors and others would harm him.

Majors was serving an 18-year sentence for burglary of a residence out of Lamar County, armed robbery out of Marion County and conspiracy out of Sunflower County.

Smith is serving a two-year sentence for two counts of grand larceny from Itawamba County, according to MDOC.

This case will be handed over to the Rankin County District Attorney's office for prosecution.

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