Luzerne County coroner identifies slain prison guard, cause of death

By Jennifer Learn-Andes - | July 19th, 2016 10:15 pm

WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County prison guard killed in a Monday night incident inside the Water Street facility has been identified as 25-year-old Kristopher Moules, according to the county Coroner’s Office.

County Coroner William Lisman said Moules, of Larksville, was pronounced dead at 6:12 p.m. by a doctor at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

An autopsy performed Tuesday morning concluded Moules died of multiple traumatic injuries due to a fall, he said.

Lisman said the manner of death will be determined soon pending further review.

Moules, who died along with inmate Timothy Darnelle Gilliam Jr., was hired as a county prison guard on Sept. 14 at a salary of $31,745, county records show.

Gilliam, 27, who was originally from New York, also died as a result of multiple traumatic injuries due to a fall based on an autopsy performed Tuesday, Lisman said. The manner of death has been ruled accidental, Lisman said.

Gilliam was pronounced dead at 6:10 p.m. at Wilkes-Barre General, Lisman said.

County Manager C. David Pedri and county District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said they expect to hold a briefing, possibly jointly, to discuss the latest developments in the case Tuesday afternoon.

Numerous sources say the deaths occurred during a physical encounter in which the men crashed through an elevator and fell several floors down the elevator shaft.

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By Jennifer Learn-Andes

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