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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanblueeyes View Post
    Suzi I may be wrong but I thought that was 18 year old Marcus Dixon out of Georgia.

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    I think Suzi might be thinking of Mychal Bell... he was my first thought too.

    Obviously, with Michael's previous rape charges at the same time as Mychal's legal issues and incarceration, it can't be Mychal.
    But wow... they do look like they could be the same person in some of the pictures.

    Mychal Bell - 2 years ago

    http://articles.cnn.com/2009-01-15/j...es?_s=PM:CRIME

    Michael Bell - Now

    http://www.wthr.com/story/16353263/c...pects-in-court

    (Is anyone confused yet??)

    Quote Originally Posted by colette View Post
    Something happen a month ago. Bell was living in the Crane home until 1 month ago. At the same time he stopped working in the cafetria where Jeremy worked.

    Bell and his family never came to give condolences to the Crane family after the murders. The Crane family stood behind Bell when he was charged with rape, went to court every day.

    http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-cumbe...,7071770.story
    They went to court when he was charged with rape? Seriously?

    We have some VERY close family friends. Cousins even. That are more like siblings.
    We've bailed them out repeatedly. We've gone to pick them up at 3am when they were wasted.
    We've supported them through addictions, visited in prison and taken custody of children for them.

    But rape? I might support in private, but I am not going to court and publicly supporting you for that.
    I would have concerns about my own family's safety in that case. So those were some devoted friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsFacetious View Post
    I think Suzi might be thinking of Mychal Bell... he was my first thought too.

    Obviously, with Michael's previous rape charges at the same time as Mychal's legal issues and incarceration, it can't be Mychal.
    But wow... they do look like they could be the same person in some of the pictures.

    Mychal Bell - 2 years ago

    http://articles.cnn.com/2009-01-15/j...es?_s=PM:CRIME

    Michael Bell - Now

    http://www.wthr.com/story/16353263/c...pects-in-court

    (Is anyone confused yet??)



    They went to court when he was charged with rape? Seriously?

    We have some VERY close family friends. Cousins even. That are more like siblings.
    We've bailed them out repeatedly. We've gone to pick them up at 3am when they were wasted.
    We've supported them through addictions, visited in prison and taken custody of children for them.

    But rape? I might support in private, but I am not going to court and publicly supporting you for that.
    I would have concerns about my own family's safety in that case. So those were some devoted friends.
    I guess it would all depend on how much the friends truly believed in his innocence.

    If they fully believed Michael Bell and Jeremy had grown up with him for years they may have really thought he was innocent. I am sure they did or they wouldnt have come to court to support him. Evidently the jury didnt believe the victim either since he was aquitted.

    I dont really know if he is a rapist or not but I sure do believe he is a double murderer.

    He shot both of them because he knew they both could identify him. The other suspect the family didnt even know so he had no motive to shoot them but Michael Bell did.

    He is going to try and say it was the other guy who did the shooting but he is the one that was supposed to have stolen the gun the day before.

    This is the ultimate betrayal to all of the Crane family.

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    Interview with Kyleigh's mom and brother.
    http://www.wthr.com/story/16356092/b...asks-questions
    "Why would you do such a thing?" Brayden asked of 22-year-old suspect Michael Bell. "You loved me and Kyleigh. You used to play with us. You was nice to us."

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    This case is just so messed up. This poor family.

    IT takes a special kinda <unusual person> to kill a friend of many years who has supported you through thick and thin, not to mention put a bullet into a 7 yr old girl who called you Uncle Mike.

    DP. All the way man.
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    My God! I figured it would turn out to be someone who knew the uncle, but this is just too much. I don't understand.
    ~~~Cynical Optimist~~~

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    Rest in peace Kaleigh and Jeremy. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    A parole review date is set for July 21, 2012 for Fred Howard Coffey.

    Coffey was convicted of the murder of 10 yr old Amanda Marie Ray, NC. He admitted to molesting 300 children.

    Please write a letter on behalf of Amanda.

    Suspect in the murders of:
    5 yr old Neely Smith, NC
    14 yr old Kathy Lynn Beatty, MD
    8 yr old Travis Shane King, VA

    Possibly connected to the disappearances of:
    14 Yr old Tracy Anne King, PA
    11 yr old Sheila and 13 yr old Katherine Lyons, MD
    15 yr old Carolyn Majane, NJ



    Write to:
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    Interview with Michael Bell, from Jail:
    http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-cumbe...4096790.column
    (very poor match of video to audio. I can't find a better version. I recommend listening to it, not watching)


    Family does not believe Bell's words.
    http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-famil...2210427.column

    The Crane family watched the interview and couldn't hold back their disgust. "My thoughts on that (interview), probably can't really say to you guys," said Josh Crane, Jeremy's brother and Kyleigh's father. He said he doesn't believe a single word. "The way he looked. Asked him a question, takes 30 seconds, staring at a table, to answer it."

    Whatever is true or not, Jeremy's mom Cathy can't make sense of it. "He wanted to borrow the PlayStation 3, he would've given it to him," said Kathy Crane. "You don't send someone to rob your family. No matter what he says. No matter what happened. Jeremy was his brother, Kyleigh was his niece. They trusted him.

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    I can't understand a word he says. Well, a few words, anyway, but not enough to make a sentence.

    Can someone tell me what he said in the first link? Actually, I did sort of pick up some of his words in the second interview, but all the sound was better in the second one.

    I don't suppose any of this will go live.

    Man, I feel so sorry for this family. They have suffered the worst betrayal that could have been dealt to them.

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    First link....
    "We did a lot of things together, we used to spend the night wrestling on the same teams. Basically he was like another little brother to me. I was never in that house. I was never in that house or by the house. Even though I was out there. I didn't hear any shots fired, so I didn't think nothing happened. UM,.. it it, right by the yellow house, there is a big yellow house that is right there. I was over in that area and I was just walking around. Well I thought he (Priel) would be able to just get in and out. I didn't think nothing like that would have happened. And we got on a bus and he said I had to do what I had to do. I mean I got a sick feeling but I didn't know what he ment by it until I watched the news. I seen the news and my go my God. Knowing that he's dead, I won't be able forgive myself because that's something I, I ,I didn't think for would happen. I don't know to take that."

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    Details of the murders, and the trail of evidence that led police to the two suspects here.
    http://www.theindychannel.com/news/30037643/detail.html

    Some of the info (paraphrased, not quoted):
    The trail began when a woman found Jeremy's phone on the bus. She actually talked to Bell. She told him he'd dropped the phone and he said she could keep it. This led to police searching the bus video, which led them to Bell.
    On Friday, Bell's family members brought him to the station to talk with police. At that time he denied being involved, said he was on the bus but rode alone (I guess that was before he knew they had him on video...)
    Police searched his home later that day, and the people Bell was staying with said he got the handgun from a woman he was sleeping with. Police found the gun under her bed.
    The people who Bell was staying will said he was walking up and down, agitated, watching the news and watching outside, the evening of the murders.
    They also said Bell came in and asked if anyone wanted to buy a PS3 and XBox
    The people who bought the PS# for $40 and some pot went to the police station Sunday because the equipment had blood on it, and they were worried.


    As predicted, Jeremy Priel says that Bell went in a did the crime while he waited outside. But Bus surveillance video shows him wiping his prints off of the gun.

    Amazingly, the woman who was in the news saying she'd had two guns stolen... Yeah, right. She was covering her own behind.

    Lots more in the article.

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    Another article from local media, explaining the chain of events and evidence that led to Bell and Priel.
    http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/local...el-murder-case

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiajean View Post
    Another article from local media, explaining the chain of events and evidence that led to Bell and Priel.
    http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/local...el-murder-case
    This is so awful. Makes me sick to my stomach. I hope they get what they deserve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colette View Post
    First link....
    "We did a lot of things together, we used to spend the night wrestling on the same teams. Basically he was like another little brother to me. I was never in that house. I was never in that house or by the house. Even though I was out there. I didn't hear any shots fired, so I didn't think nothing happened. UM,.. it it, right by the yellow house, there is a big yellow house that is right there. I was over in that area and I was just walking around. Well I thought he (Priel) would be able to just get in and out. I didn't think nothing like that would have happened. And we got on a bus and he said I had to do what I had to do. I mean I got a sick feeling but I didn't know what he ment by it until I watched the news. I seen the news and my go my God. Knowing that he's dead, I won't be able forgive myself because that's something I, I ,I didn't think for would happen. I don't know to take that."
    Bless your heart, colette. Even with a headset on I couldn't understand him.

    His story is not believable, not one little bit.

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    Bell's "confession" to police Monday evening.
    http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/local...der-confession

    While in jail at 7 p.m. Monday, Bell requested to speak to police to offer a confession, court documents say. Bell began to tell police one story, but later changed it. Finally, he told police the plan was for Bell to knock on the door and ask Jeremy Crane if he could use the bathroom. Then, Priel was supposed to come in and rob everyone.

    Bell described being in the bathroom when he said Jeremy Crane yelled for him to get out of the bathroom. When he did, Bell said Priel put a gun in his face and told him to get on the floor, according to the probable cause affidavit. Bell said Priel made everyone get on the ground, and then Priel shot Jeremy Crane. Due to his proximity, Bell said blood splattered on him.

    Police explain in court documents that Bell’s knowledge of the crime scene was so detailed that he had to have been there. Bell said after Jeremy Crane was shot, Bell got up to gather the video game systems. He said Priel shot him again. Bell said he didn’t know how Kyleigh Crane was shot because he ran out of the house.

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    FYI for those who don't know. Indiana has the death penalty. I bet these guys are really sweating it. Of course, if they can't determine who fired the gun it won't apply. Each one is going to point at the other.
    A parole review date is set for July 21, 2012 for Fred Howard Coffey.

    Coffey was convicted of the murder of 10 yr old Amanda Marie Ray, NC. He admitted to molesting 300 children.

    Please write a letter on behalf of Amanda.

    Suspect in the murders of:
    5 yr old Neely Smith, NC
    14 yr old Kathy Lynn Beatty, MD
    8 yr old Travis Shane King, VA

    Possibly connected to the disappearances of:
    14 Yr old Tracy Anne King, PA
    11 yr old Sheila and 13 yr old Katherine Lyons, MD
    15 yr old Carolyn Majane, NJ



    Write to:
    Chairman Charles L. Mann Sr.
    NC Post Release Supervision & Parole Commission
    P.O. Box 29540
    Raleigh, NC 27626-0540
    RE: Fred Howard Coffey, DOC# 0081135
    or send an email to parole@doc.state.nc.us
    http://justice4amanda.tripod.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by teedie2 View Post
    Bless your heart, colette. Even with a headset on I couldn't understand him.

    His story is not believable, not one little bit.
    ITA. Considering the rape charges that Mike Bell weaseled out of in high school, I'm inclined to believe he is a sociopath. He charms people, uses them to get what he wants, and doesn't give a second thought to hurting those who have become so convinced of his goodness. JMO

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/nation...mBP_story.html
    Deputy prosecutor Denise Robinson said after Thursday’s hearing that “robbery pure and simple” appears to be the motive in the killings. She did not elaborate on what allegedly motivated Bell and Priel to commit the robbery that ended in two killings.

    “Sometimes it comes down to that really — it comes down to a Playstation and an Xbox sometimes,” Robinson told reporters.

    If convicted of all charges, Bell and Priel could each face between 45 years and 156 years in prison, she said.

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    This only gets worse:

    http://kotaku.com/5870418/the-love-o...ouble-homicide
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    Prosecutors say that Michael Bell Jr, 22, offered to give tattoo artist Jeremy Priel, 25, a Playstation 3 in exchange for tattoo work. Bell told police that he and Priel went to the home of Crane, a former co-worker, and asked to use the bathroom. As planned, Priel pulled a gun on Crane and his niece ordering them and Bell to the ground, according to his statement.
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    Priel says it was Bell who killed the two, later giving him the consoles, which he then sold for cash and drugs. Both men were arrested on Sunday after the person who bought the consoles become suspicious of the deal when they spotted blood on the PS3. The prosecutor says he is considering the death penalty in the case.

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    Surveillance Cameras on Bus Malfunctioned

    http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/local...-into-question
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    According to court documents, two men matching Bell’s and Priel’s descriptions are seen exiting a bus on Route 8 and getting onto a bus on Route 87. A probable cause affidavit said one of them is “observed carrying what appears to be a very large bundled item(s) wrapped in a dark colored blanket.” The other man is observed “wearing a yellow shirt and grey jacket and appears to have a firearm in his left inside pocket.”

    Prosecutors said all this is clearly shown on several IndyGo cameras.

    But all of those cameras are from the bus on Route 87. Detectives said the pair were on the Route 8 bus first. But according to court documents, the surveillance system on that bus was "down that day."
    I don't think that would diminish the evidence against them, though, since a surveillance camera on another bus captured the two men exiting the first bus.

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    I hope and pray that the prosecutor is doing more than just considering to go for the death penalty. I hope he decides to!!

    Neither one of these slobs can cut a plea deal .. they both lied about it, so what is it worth if one of them tries to blame the other one in exchange for a lighter sentence? Not a plugged nickel.

    Maybe it's too late for that anyway, since LE has an identification on the possession of the games.

    I do so feel for the families of the victims. It shouldn't have happened. What a shame shame shame shame, dammit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by colette View Post
    Something happen a month ago. Bell was living in the Crane home until 1 month ago. At the same time he stopped working in the cafetria where Jeremy worked.

    Bell and his family never came to give condolences to the Crane family after the murders. The Crane family stood behind Bell when he was charged with rape, went to court every day.

    http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-cumbe...,7071770.story
    http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-arres...,2929502.story

    Cumberland Police Chief Mike Crooke said detectives were interviewing Crane's coworkers at MCL Cafeteria at Washington Square Mall for any possible role Crane's job as a manager may have played in his death.
    I agree Colette. IMO whatever happened a month ago may provide the true motive but it will never justify killing his friend and little Kyleigh.

    So sad, so tragic, and so senseless.
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    Mike Bell Beaten in Jail

    http://www.theindychannel.com/news/30144268/detail.html

    Michael Bell, 22, was jumped by six men who tried to corner him in his cell shortly after he arrived at the jail Dec. 18, authorities said.

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    Indy Anna, you made my day! I hope that's just the first in a long line of beatings. Perp deserves it.

    (Hope no one is going to say that 2 wrongs don't make a right.)

    I wish the evil that has been done could be undone, but that, of course, is impossible. Just wish it had never happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagnoliaMom View Post
    http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-arres...,2929502.story



    I agree Colette. IMO whatever happened a month ago may provide the true motive but it will never justify killing his friend and little Kyleigh.

    So sad, so tragic, and so senseless.
    Sadly, I do believe the motive is just as the prosecutor said. Motive to steal.

    I believe wholeheartedly that Bell is a psychopath with no conscience. While psychopaths are extremely manipulative they can be very charming, cunning and are masterful at gaining the trust of others. They 'appear' to be kind and decent but there is always an ulterior motive behind everything they do. Just like Bell was crafty enough to convince this entire family he was not guilty of rape. They believed him 100% and he used them in order to put himself in a better light in the courtroom.

    Bell picked Jeremy's home because he knew he had the electronics he wanted. No need to break into someone else's home and take a chance of either being confronted by a gun or not getting what he wanted so he could sell.

    Jeremy and his family had become expendable. He no longer needed Jeremy or his family. He had been aquitted of the rape charge and he no longer worked with Jeremy and had moved out months ago.

    Imo, killing Jeremy and Ky meant nothing to him. In his twisted mind he was there to take and leave no one behind that could identify him.

    I hope that the death penalty is applied to this case and carried out.

    Not only was it a brutal senseless crime but it was a crime against the heart of the family who had supported this man when he needed them most. Their heart was filled with goodness and pure love and his heart was filled with pure evil. They never knew what lurked behind the 'mask' until it was too late.

    IMO
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