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Edward Bell Executed For Officers Murder

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Edward Bell was executed by the State of Virginia for the murder of Winchester Police Officer Ricky Lee Timbrook

According to court documents Edward Bell would run from a parole officer and Officer Timbrook gave chase. As the Officer was climbing a fence he would be fatally shot

Edward Bell would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death

Edward Bell would be executed by lethal injection on February 19 2009

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Edward Bell was executed on February 19 2009

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Virginia has executed a purported drug dealer who gunned down a police officer during a foot chase a decade ago. Corrections department spokesman Larry Traylor said Edward Nathaniel Bell was pronounced dead at 9:11 p.m. Thursday at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt. The 43-year-old was put to death by lethal injection for shooting Winchester police Sgt. Ricky Timbrook on Oct. 29, 1999.

Bell maintained that he did not shoot Timbrook. Prosecutors, however, say Bell was a flashy drug dealer who held a grudge against Timbrook for arresting the Jamaican man two years earlier.

Bell was the 103rd Virginia inmate executed since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976. Virginia ranks second only to Texas in the number of executions since then.

Bell was initially scheduled to be executed last year, but Kaine pushed that back while the U.S. Supreme Court considered a Kentucky case challenging the constitutionality of lethal injections. The court upheld the method in April. The following month, the court granted Bell a temporary reprieve to consider whether his lawyer did a poor job representing him. It later dismissed his appeal.

Bell, a father of five, visited with immediate family members Thursday, but Department of Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor would not reveal just who met with Bell. The spokesman said Bell did not request a last meal and will be served the same food as the rest of the inmates.

With all of Bell’s appeals exhausted, his lawyers filed a last-hope petition to Kaine for clemency. James G. Connell III, one of Bell’s attorneys, said before Kaine had rejected the clemency petition that Bell was trying to remain hopeful.

Timbrook, 32, had been an officer for eight years and was a SWAT team member and DARE instructor. His wife, Kelly, was pregnant with their only child, Ricky Lee Timbrook II, now 9, when Timbrook was shot. The city has since named a park, a public safety building, a children’s outreach fund and a food-and-toy drive in honor of the popular officer.

Kelly Timbrook and her father-in-law plan to witness the execution, friends said. They have been reluctant to talk to the media, but Kelly Timbrook wrote letters and appeared in a television ad for Kaine’s opponent in the 2005 governor’s race. She questioned whether Kaine, a Roman Catholic who is opposed to the death penalty, would uphold Bell’s sentence.

Before Thursday, Kaine had allowed eight executions and commuted one sentence since he took office in 2006


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