Bell attorneys to respond to execution motion

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi death row inmate Frederick Bell has been given until Friday to respond to the state’s motion for the setting of an execution date.

Attorney General Jim Hood petitioned the Mississippi Supreme Court this past week to set Bell’s execution for Dec. 29.

Hood’s motion came after the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 29 declined to hear appeal from Bell.

Bell, now 39, was convicted in 1993 and sentenced to death.

Bell and Anthony Joe Doss were convicted of killing Bert Bell, no relation, on May 6, 1991, during an armed robbery of Sparks Stop-N-Shop in Grenada County.

Doss also was sentenced to death.