Man convicted of killing police officer set to be executed

Posted by Colby Rogers - email

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Jamaican man convicted of killing a Winchester police officer a decade ago is scheduled to be executed Thursday.

Edward Nathaniel Bell, 44, was convicted of Sgt. Ricky Timbrook in the head while the officer chased him down a dark alley in October 1999.

Timbrook, 32, was a respected officer, SWAT team member and DARE instructor. The eight-year veteran left behind a wife who was pregnant with their only child.

Bell was set to be executed last year, but Gov. Tim Kaine delayed it while the U.S. Supreme Court considered a Kentucky case challenging the constitutionality of lethal injections. The court upheld the method of execution in April.

The following month, the court granted Bell a temporary reprieve to consider whether his lawyer did a poor job representing him. It later dismissed the appeal.

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