Monday, 21 September 2015 16:08

Man Convicted in 2013 Killing, Sentenced to Life in Prison

Heath Bell Heath Bell SCSO
MEMPHIS – Sept. 21, 2015 - A 23-year-old man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of an acquaintance two years ago near Lamar and Kimball, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Monday.
A Criminal Court jury on Sunday convicted Heath Bell, who then was sentenced automatically to life in prison by Judge Lee Coffee.
A codefendant, Nicholas Augustus, 30, was acquitted of murder charges.
The shooting occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2013, as victim Joe Howell, 38, sat in his car in the 2800 block of Kimball. Howell was shot at least four times.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Colin Campbell and Sam Winnig.
Campbell is with the DA’s Multi-Agency Gang Prosecution Unit that handles homicide cases and other violent crimes associated with gang activity, specific targeted gang members and special cases assigned by the District Attorney General.
The prosecution team works daily with the MGU Operations team, using local ordinances and state and federal laws to hold offenders accountable.