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Quick conviction in murder of elderly Fulton County woman

August 27, 2013|WSBT-TV Report

ROCHESTER – One and done!

It only took one day for a Rochester judge to convict a Fulton County man of murder.

According to "The Rochester Sentinel,” Roy Bell on Tuesday was quickly found guilty of shooting and killing 81-year-old Wilma Upsall Howard in November 2011 at her Leiters Ford home during a robbery gone bad.

Fulton County Judge Wayne Steele found Bell guilty on three counts of murder, one count of burglary causing bodily injury, one count of robbery and one count of criminal confinement.

No jury was called in for the trial. Instead, it was a bench trial decided by the judge.

Bell didn't call any witnesses nor introduce any evidence.

Sentencing is set for September 16.

Fulton County Prosecutor Rick Brown is asking for the death penalty.

Jason Miller of Argos and William Scroggs are also accused of the crime. No trial dates are set for them.

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For more of the story, you can read Wednesday’s edition of “The Rochester Sentinel.”

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