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.