- The Washington Times - Friday, February 20, 2009

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JARRATT, Va. (AP) — 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.

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