Brothers Called To Testify Against Older Brother In Swan Road Murder Case

Friday, February 1, 2013

Prosecutors on Friday called two brothers to testify against their older brother in a murder case on Swan Road.

Brandon Bell and his 14-year-old brother were reluctant witnesses against Kristopher Bell and Chris Jennings.

General Sessions Court Judge David Bales bound murder and robbery charges to the Grand Jury against the pair. Devante "Scooby" Ragland has also been charged in the case that involves the murder of 37-year-old Timothy "Hollywood" Bumpass.

"Once again the ugly scourge of drug dealing has cost another person's life," the judge said.

There was testimony that Bumpass was a drug dealer. Detective James Plumley said a black bag containing a substantial amount of marijuana was found in the trunk of the victim's 2002 Cadillac. "It would have been a pretty good bust for a narcotics officer," the detective said.

Brandon Bell said on the night of the murder - Jan. 12 - his brother called while using Jennings' cellphone asking for the number of "Hollywood." He said he looked on his brother's cellphone that was in the bedroom they share and found the number.

The younger brother, who was 13 at the time of the incident, said when he got home about 9:45 p.m. he found Kris Bell, Jennings and Ragland all at the house. He said he spotted a revolver in a clothes hamper.

He said another time that night he saw Ragland walking along and Jennings behind him.

The younger brother said "Hollywood" at times would come over for visits.

Demetrice Williams, girlfriend of Bumpass, said he was friends was Kris Bell. She said they were watching a football game that night when he got a text message from Bell saying he had carried out a $14,000 robbery and needed to buy $1,300 in marijuana.

She said , "We didn't think that sounded like Kris Bell. We kind of laughed about that."

The witness said she dozed off, then awakened at midnight and saw that Bumpass had not been to bed. She said she tried to text him, but got no answer. She said she wrote, "I just woke up, baby. I'm really scared."

Ms. Williams said the fact that Bell is among those charged "was really a shock. They had done a lot together."

Kyle Rodriguez said he was driving by Lakeside Youth Sports Park around 10 p.m. when he saw a male dragging a body away from a Cadillac. He said a second male was nearby.

Detective Plumley said the victim's body was found in nearby woods. He said some of his clothes had been pulled off and they were found along a trail to British Wood Apartments, where the Bells live.

He said the victim had been shot 4-5 times, including once in the right eye.

The driver's side window was shattered and there was blood on the driver's seat and door. His empty wallet was in the glove compartment. His jewelry and cellphone were missing.




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