Missouri man seeks new trial in shooting deaths of two people
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) - A man convicted of killing two people in southeast Missouri is appealing.
The Southeast Missourian reports that Kenneth Bell's public defenders filed a motion last week for acquittal or a new trial. Bell was convicted in January of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action in the February 2013 shooting deaths of Misty Cole and Shannon James.
In convicting Bell, jurors rejected his lawyers' attempts to portray him as a terrified man. The defense had argued Bell shot the couple in a panic after James threatened him on a sidewalk behind the apartment building where both men lived.
Defense arguments include that the court erred in denying a motion to suppress statements Bell made to police in the wake of the shooting.