|Published: 9:39 AM, 09/25/2013
||Last updated: 9:40 AM, 09/25/2013
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-The first person charged
with homicide in Madisonville since the late 1990s had a September
trial date reset for next February.
Leon McKenley Bell, 24, is on his third
lawyer after the first two removed themselves due to conflicts the
case brought about with past clients. His latest attorney, Brian
Nichols told the court Tuesday that he wasn't ready for the trial
and asked for a continuance.
Judge Carroll Ross granted the
continuance, setting the trial for Feb. 19, with a status hearing the
Ross also lowered Bell's bond to $150,000.
Bell was initially charged with
second-degree murder in the case, but the grand jury came back with
an indictment of first-degree murder after hearing testimony in the
killing of James Terrance Davis, 30, on Sept. 14, 2012.
A witness said the two men began to
fight after when Davis walked across Bell's yard. The altercation
ended when Bell allegedly stabbed Davis multiple times with a knife.
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