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Frederick Bell: Parole Board pulls plug on release

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Outcry prompts Parole Board to pull plug on releasing convicted killer

A Mississippi man serving for murder will not be paroled, the Parole Board decided Wednesday, reversing a previous to him after more than 30 years in prison. 

Frederick Bell was convicted of capital murder for the May 1991 shooting of death 21-year-old Robert “Bert” Bell (no relation) during a store robbery in Grenada County. 

Gene Bell, Bert's younger brother, told that Frederick Bell won't be reconsidered for parole for two years. Frederick Bell had been set to be released at the end of September. 

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He had originally received a death sentence, but several court rulings in the past decade paved the way for him to be resentenced and become eligible for parole. Frederick Bell was resentenced to life without parole when the found he was mentally disabled and then life with possibility of parole. 

One reason Bell was denied parole is because of how his pending release was advertised to the public. Sen. Angela Burks Hill, R-, had questioned whether the Parole Board followed state law, which says notification must go in a newspaper published or circulated in the county where the was committed. 

In a Monday interview with Supertalk Radio, Gene Bell said the notice of Frederick Bell's release was advertised in the Clarion Ledger rather than the local paper, the Grenada Star. 

In July, the Parole Board sent a letter to Gene Bell about its decision to parole Frederick Bell because members found he had been rehabilitated. 

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In response to the board's actions, Bert Bell's members, Grenada community members, state lawmakers and enforcement groups around the state signed a petition and wrote letters to the Parole Board and Gov. Tate Reeves to ask that Frederick Bell's parole be denied. 

Bell remains at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, according to prison records. 

This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

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Hundreds attend JXN Food & Wine Festival

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www.wjtv.com – Delesha – 2024-03-03 12:48:11

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Mississippi consumers attend The Home Show in Pearl

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www.wjtv.com – Delesha – 2024-03-03 12:28:29

SUMMARY: The Home Show in Pearl, Mississippi hosted consumers for its third year at the Clyde Muse Center. People from across the enjoyed a flea market- setting with various vendor selections. The has been showcasing home improvement businesses for over 40 years, featuring vendors that offer everything from building materials to storm shelters. The final day of the show will be on Sunday, March 3rd, with a $10 admission fee. Michael Jacobs, general at Ridgeland Specialty Hardware, emphasized the variety of vendors present, offering products for building and remodeling homes.

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Mississippi governor proclaims March as Wildfire Prevention Month

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www.wjtv.com – Kaitlin Howell – 2024-03-03 11:08:35

SUMMARY: Governor Tate Reeves of Mississippi has declared March as “Wildfire Prevention Month” to bring awareness to the importance of preventing wildfires. The Mississippi Forestry Commission will be leading a campaign throughout the month to spread this message. Due to dry conditions and seasonal changes, March sees a spike in wildfires in the . Human activities are the leading cause of wildfires in Mississippi, with escaped debris burns being a major origin. To prevent wildfires, citizens are advised to check for burn bans, monitor the weather, burn only untreated wood debris, and never a fire unattended. a wildfire can be done by calling 833-MFC-FIRE.

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