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‘Jena 6′ Attacker Bell Shoots Himself

Mychal Bell was on bond in shoplifting case; injury said not to be life-threatening

Barbara Leader, December 30, 2008

MONROE - Police confirmed late Monday that ‘Jena Six’ defendant Mychal Bell was taken to LSU Health Sciences Center in Monroe with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Sgt. Cassandra Wooten with Monroe police said Bell apparently shot himself in the chest about 7:40 p.m. at his home with a .22 caliber weapon. She described his injury not life-threatening.

Asked if Bell gave a reason for the self-inflicted wound, Wooten said, "He said he couldn’t take it anymore; he was back in the media again."

Bell, 18, who listed a Monroe address as his home, was free on bond following a Christmas Eve arrest on multiple charges, including shoplifting, resisting arrest and simple battery, related to an incident at Dillard’s in Pecanland Mall in Monroe.

Bell was arrested less than one month after he completed a sentence for his role in the beating of a fellow classmate, Justin Barker, at Jena High School in 2006…

In the shoplifting case, police say Bell and an unidentified male were spotted Wednesday by store security after they placed $370 worth of merchandise in a Dillard’s shopping bag.

After the two separated, Bell left the store, was followed by a security officer and began running through the parking lot.

Police said Bell was discovered under a vehicle in the Sears parking lot.

Lt. Jeff Harris said Bell began "swinging his arms wildly" and delivered a glancing blow to the security officer with his elbow.

Bell was booked into Richwood Correctional Center and released on $1,300 bond. He will be arraigned at a later date. Each of the charges carries a possible penalty of up to six months in jail.

Louis Scott, a lawyer who has represented Bell in the past, said that preconceived notions on the part of Dillard’s employees may have played a role in Bell’s arrest.

"Dillard’s has a tradition of being overly suspicious of young black males," Scott said.

Scott said that personal and court experiences have led him to that conclusion. "He should at least have the presumption of innocence," he said.

Dillard’s has been accused of racial profiling in lawsuits in Texas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Georgia.

A Dillard’s store manager in Monroe referred requests for comment to Roger Williams in the company’s Little Rock, Ark., office…

"I am predicting that once all the facts are established, he probably will not be guilty," Scott said. "There has been more put on this young man than anybody can bear - people trying to provoke him, trying to make him react."

"If he was going to break the law, I believe he would have done it before."

Scott, Bob Noel and Carol Powell Lexing of Monroe represented Bell when he pleaded guilty to second-degree battery for his role in the attack on Jena High School student Justin Barker in December 2006.

Bell was sentenced to 18 months in the custody of the Office of Youth Development for his part in the crime. Bell also served a sentence for three previous unnamed crimes.

Because he was a juvenile when he pleaded guilty to the previous crimes, Scott said Bell is not considered to have a criminal record.http://theadvertiser.com/article/20081230/NEWS01/812300320


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  • Again this scumbag is a victim. Those bastard security guys at Dillards were out to get him.

    Too bad he didn't put the bullet in his f'in head and get rid of this piece of shit once and for all.

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  • "Dillard%u2019s has a tradition of being overly suspicious of young black males," Scott said.......
    That's because of stuff like this,dumbfuks...

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  • FAIL. Next time use a larger caliber gun and put it in your mouth.

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  • tired of being in the news?? try not committing any more crimes dumba$$

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    • He is well on his way towards becoming a career criminal. He has trouble completing his tasks, however. He screwed up the shoplifting crime. Was found hiding under a car in the Sears parking lot. He screwed up his suicide attempt. Lousy aim, and selected too small a caliber gun. He is a loser all around.

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    • hey good to see ya hawk!

      This shit bag lives close by. He is always in deep shit, blaming every one but himself. He even drove the bus over his own mama for all his problems in the local media.

      Dude & his homies are all just ghetto shitbags.

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  • ENTER AL SHARPTON

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  • So close to becoming the Jenna 5 dammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm you George Bush!

    Oh feels good to hang all the worlds problems on one person, so up lifting!

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  • Isn't it funny how black criminals find support within the black community no matter how horrible their crimes are. That picture of Al Sharpton hugging Bell makes me want throw up.

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  • "...Bell and an unidentified male were spotted Wednesday by store security after they placed $370 worth of merchandise in a Dillard%u2019s shopping bag.

    After the two separated, Bell left the store, was followed by a security officer and began running through the parking lot.

    Police said Bell was discovered under a vehicle in the Sears parking lot.

    Lt. Jeff Harris said Bell began "swinging his arms wildly" and delivered a glancing blow to the security officer with his elb More..

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  • He got rights- Obama will fix it for him

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  • can't run from darwin for ever homie.

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  • The chest? This was just a cry for attention.

    If he wanted to do it, really, a .22 to the temple might do the trick, but it would have to bounce around a lot in his cranium before it actually hit any "brain" matter.............

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  • I wonder if David Bowie will put up his bail.

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  • next time try a contact shot to the temple, works wonders even with .22lr

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  • Oh lawdy, da man be keepin me down cus he be raceeeest and sheeeet.

    Loser fuckstick. Next time put it to your head. If you need a larger caliber, let me know, I'd be proud for you to off yourself with one of my weapons.

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  • Black people Shopplifting?????????.....NEVER!!!!!....I wish that piece of shit would have killed himself!!!!

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  • Ohhh this good boy in trouble again? NOOOOO It Cant be he is such a good good boy!

    He will always be the boy. HEY BOY get out of that cell its time to take a shower boy.

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  • Mmmmmmm, racial profiling black youth in America.
    1) Shoplifting
    2) Resisting arrest
    3) Second-degree battery
    4) Three previous unnamed crimes

    Seems like Dillard%u2019s knows the truth!

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  • Shame he didnt succeed

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  • The real tragedy here is that he used a .22 instead of a .44 magnum.

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  • Hey Johnny Cougar! Write a song for him now!

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  • Karma is a real bitch. Aside from that he and 5 others beat the hell out of single person and the "6" get all the Whooaa is me cop out. Then they shoplift, assult, and resist arrest and they are still the victim???? Sounds like a whole other Rodney King thing again.

    I personally get so sick of hearing "It's because we, he, she, are black!" Hell we all know you are of African decent, just don't make a big deal about it!
    It's not like there is a single person born here in the More..

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  • Poor shitguy, so lame he can't even kill himself.

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  • What a moron,,,,nice try. Grab the .357 next time and make it happen....

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