Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Trial Date Set in Cookeville Murder Case

A Cookeville man, indicted for killing his wife in October of 2008, will go on trial for the murder in February of 2010. The trial date for 36-year-old Chad Bell was scheduled this week during a brief hearing in Putnam County Criminal Court. Prosecutors say Bell is the man who had first reported his wife missing -- both to family members and to law enforcement -- before allegedly confessing to her murder. Sara Bell was reportedly strangled by her husband after the two had gotten into an argument. He then took her body from their home on Walton Trail to his place of work on Willow Avenue and placed it in the back of a work van. Attorney Bill Cameron is representing Bell on the charges, which include first degree murder and abuse of a corpse. Any motions to be filed in the case will be heard on January 12th of next year, and the trial will start on February 1st, unless a plea agreement is reached. Bell remains in jail.