Bell was convicted of especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual battery, and two alternative counts of first-degree felony murder in the death of Starr Harris.
The victim's husband hired Bell to work for the family's landscape business.
The crime occurred in 2010 in Tipton County, Tennessee.
According to a 2010 news report:
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Just 4 months ago Bell was released from prison in Pennsylvania where he spent 13 years. Prison officials say he was released last February after being sentenced to carjacking among other charges in December 1997.
An investigation has revealed Juvenile Court in Tipton County, where Bell grew up, sent him to a treatment center in Pennsylvania in the mid 1990's at the age of 15. His criminal background there shows more than 30 charges. They include aggravated assault, escape and robbery of a motor vehicle, Tennessee's equivalent of carjacking.
"When I hired him I had been told he was in jail for riding in a stolen car. I didn't know anything else other than that," said Rick Harris.
Harris, the husband of 36 year-old Starr Harris whom bell is expected to be formally charged Thursday with killing, says he didn't want to jump to judgment when he hired Bell to work for his family landscaping business.
"I give people a lot of jobs in this area throughout the year and try to help and you just don't ever know," he said.
Harris was found beaten to death June 1st behind her home in Drummonds, TN. Besides being an employee, Bell was also Harris' neighbor, living just around the corner. Rick Harris says Bell went to the home the day his wife was killed, upset about his paycheck
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