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Mississippi Supreme Court to review 1977 conviction

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JACKSON, Ms., (KNOE 8 News) - The Mississippi Supreme Court agreed Thursday to look at the post-conviction petition of a man originally convicted in 1977 of capital murder related to an armed robbery, kidnapping and slaying in Forrest County.

Charles Sylvester Bell was originally sentenced to death in the slaying of D.C. Haden, but that was overturned by a federal appeals court in 1982.

In 1984, Bell pleaded guilty to a new indictment of armed robbery as a habitual offender to avoid the death penalty. He was sentenced to serve 25 years on that charge and life imprisonment for the capital murder conviction.

A Forrest County judge dismissed Bell's petition for post-conviction relief in 2011. The state Court of Appeals upheld the Forrest County judge's decision last year.

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