Frederick Bell, who was set to be released from prison on Monday, will not be granted parole just yet.
“Over the weekend, we confirmed that the notice was not run in the local paper where the murder occurred as required,” Hill said on Monday’s episode of The Gallo Show. “We contacted the Attorney General’s Office, and the Attorney General’s Office indicated to us that she had contacted the parole board and that he would not be released unless or until the proper notification to the community was run in the local paper.”
MS Code § 47-7-17 says that an inmate convicted of a capital offense cannot be considered for parole without his or her possible role being published at least once a week for two weeks in a newspaper that runs in the county where the crime was committed.
In the case of Bell, who killed two people in May of 1991, the notice would have needed to be run in either The Grenada Star or The Clarion-Ledger. Since it was not run in a local newspaper, the delay could be as long as six weeks, according to Hill.
The Mississippi Parole Board nor Governor Tate Reeves has responded to request for comment from SuperTalk Mississippi News.