Solicitor: SC inmate on death row since 1989 resentenced to life - FOX Carolina 21

Solicitor: SC inmate on death row since 1989 resentenced to life

Updated: Jul 12, 2017 06:30 PM
William Bell Jr. (Source: Anderson Co. Detention Center) William Bell Jr. (Source: Anderson Co. Detention Center)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Solicitor's Office confirmed an inmate previously on death row in South Carolina will be spared execution.

William Bell Jr., 48, was convicted of robbing and murdering Dennis Ray Hepler, a principal at an elementary school in Anderson. He was sentenced to be executed in 1989.

Investigators said Bell gave a detailed confession and his fingerprints were connected to the crime.

The Tenth Circuit Solicitor David Wagner said a judge recently ruled that Bell had a low mental capacity at the time he was sentenced and would go through a resentencing phase.

He was booked into the county detention center on June 12.

Wagner said the South Carolina Attorney General's Office didn't appeal the decision and he expected Bell would ultimately be eligible for parole.

On Wednesday, Bell was resentenced to life in prison.

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