Nelson murder trial reset for January

Published 10:26 pm Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Brookhaven man arrested on charges of first degree murder by U.S. marshals in 2016 will go to trial before Lincoln County Circuit Judge Michael Taylor Jan. 16.

Cordarryl Lamond Bell is charged in the shooting death of Aquarius Nelson in 2015. He is also charged with aggravated assault in the shooting of Joshua Cole, according to court records.

Bell, of 510 East Congress St., was arrested Jan. 29, 2016, by the U.S. Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force in Erie, Pennsylvania in connection with the fatal shooting of Nelson, 26, of 905 East Independence St., on Nov. 2.

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Brookhaven police responded to a report of shots fired on East Independence Street around 4:30 p.m. Nov. 2. At 4:45 p.m., the BPD was dispatched to King’s Daughters Medical Center in reference to a person being shot. Nelson was pronounced dead at KDMC after being shot multiple times, according to police. The fatal shooting is alleged to have taken place on Walnut Street.

Bell’s trial date was rescheduled earlier this month after several continuances, including one requested in March so that attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba could campaign for mayor of Jackson. Another request came in June for a continuance after Lumumba won the election and asked to substitute counsel.

In September, Bell’s substitute counsel, Imhotop Alkebu-Lan, requested a continuance because Bell’s trial interfered with another client’s trial in Georgia. He also said he had filed a motion for discovery and was waiting for the requested documents.

“To the best of my knowledge and belief, this is the defendant’s first motion for continuance of trial,” Alkebu-Lan wrote to Lincoln County Circuit Clerk Dustin Bairfield.

According to court records, Bell pleaded guilty in February 2010 to the unlawful sale of cocaine, a felony.