- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a former death row inmate found to be mentally disabled resentenced to life in prison.

A Grenada County jury convicted Frederick Bell of capital murder and sentenced him to death in 1993. He has since been declared mentally disabled and his death sentence overturned. Bell was sentenced to life without parole.

The court, in a 5-4 decision Thursday, said the only options available to the jury in 1993 were life in prison or death. The majority of the court said Bell could only be resentenced to life in prison.

Four dissenting judges argued the life without parole sentence was proper.

Bell was convicted for his role in the death of a clerk in 1991 during a robbery at Sparks Stop-N-Shop in Grenada County.


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