Posted December 21, 2000 | comments Leave a comment

Bell’s criminal history exposed

By Kevin Killen - Daily Staff Writer

Winchester Commonwealth Attorney Paul Thomson has filed a document in Circuit Court that lists Edward N. Bell’s prior criminal history in Jamaica.

Bell, 36, who is accused of the Oct. 29, 1999 shooting death of Winchester Police Sgt. Ricky L. Timbrook, has been in jail since Oct. 30, 1999.

Also in the document is a copy of Bell’s fingerprints, taken in Jamaica, which matches those taken in the United States.

Bell was arrested on Jan. 29, 1985 in Port Antonio, Portland Parish, Jamaica, for malicious destruction of property and unlawful wounding, the document says.

Thomson received the document from Winchester Police Capt. David P. Sobonya on May 16.

According to the document, Sobonya received a phone call from FBI Special Agent Don Stiefvater, who said that Bell has a criminal history in Jamaica.

Bell was ordered to serve 10 days in jail or pay a $40 fine for the unlawful wounding charge, and 10 days in jail or pay a $50 fine for the malicious wounding charge, the document says.

The acts were considered to be one offense because they happened at the same time.

Also, Bell had his record in Jamaica expunged because he could not obtain a Jamaican passport with a criminal record, the document says.

Agent Mike Bohner, with the FBI liaison’s office for Jamaica, is going to obtain Bell’s passport application, which may reveal further information about his family, parents, education, health, medical and criminal data, the document says.

Bell is scheduled to stand trial on Jan. 16, however, if both sides cannot agree to find an unbiased jury of Winchester residents, the trial will be moved to Staunton on Jan. 19.

Bell is accused of shooting Timbrook shortly before midnight Oct. 29, 1999 in an alley between 301 and 303 E. Piccadilly St. as the officer chased him.

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