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Bell pleads not guilty in Cape double murder

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Kenneth D. Bell
A Cape Girardeau man charged last month with the shooting deaths of Shannon James and Misty Cole on Monday entered a plea of not guilty in court.

Kenneth D. Bell Jr., 22, appeared in a Cape Girardeau County Courtroom before Judge Benjamin Lewis. Bell waived his arraignment and had his case continued until April 18. Bell is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action, which could put him in prison for the rest of his life if he's convicted.

Bell last week was ordered to stand trial in a case that witnesses say began when James and Bell literally bumped into each other on a sidewalk just moments before the shooting.

Pertinent address:

100 Court St., Jackson, Mo.

401 S. Pacific St., Cape Girardeau, Mo.


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This same man was charged with shooting another man 5 years ago at the age of 17. So why was this criminal on the loose so he could gun down 2 more people.

-- Posted by mamabear57 on Tue, Mar 12, 2013, at 10:30 AM

This same man was charged with shooting another man 5 years ago at the age of 17. So why was this criminal on the loose so he could gun down 2 more people? The first victim survived, these two were not as lucky.

-- Posted by mamabear57 on Tue, Mar 12, 2013, at 10:31 AM

Excellent question mamabear, he is why mandatory life sentences should exist. Violent enough to shot one when he was seventeen, presently had a weapons charge in Poplar Bluff and living in our town. He murdered two people because one of them bumped in to him, he should never be allowed to walk the streets again

-- Posted by Sunflower Girl on Tue, Mar 12, 2013, at 11:20 AM

I agree he should have been given a life sentence for the first shooting. I think adding 2 violent murders should warrant the death penalty.

-- Posted by mamabear57 on Tue, Mar 12, 2013, at 12:03 PM


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