CONYERS — The murder trial of Letron Jemone Bell is taking place this week in the courtroom of Rockdale County Superior Court Judge Robert Mumford. Jury selection was completed Monday and the trial began Tuesday, with District Attorney Alisha Johnson leading the prosecution.
Bell, 42, is charged in the shooting death of his wife, Lisa LaShawn Samuel Bell, on Jan. 20, 2018. He is facing charges of felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, two counts of aggravated assault against law enforcement and three counts of cruelty to children because there were three children between the ages of 7 and 17 inside the home at the time the violence began.
According to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a domestic dispute at the home at 4680 Habersham Way in Conyers just before noon on Sunday, Jan. 22.
Authorities said Lisa Bell ran out of the home with Letron Bell following her into a nearby wooded area. The deputies pursued Bell into the woods where they found Lisa Bell with a gunshot wound.
The deputies confronted Bell and he allegedly fired a shot at them. They shot him with a bean bag gun and took him into custody.
Paramedics transported Lisa Bell to Piedmont Rockdale Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The Sheriff’s Office called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to review the incident because they said Bell fired at deputies on the scene, who returned fire.
None of the children in the home was hurt.