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

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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 on death row in South Carolina has been moved to the Anderson County Detention Center to await resentencing.

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.

On Monday, Tenth Circuit Solicitor David Wagner said a judge recently ruled that Bell had a low mental capacity at the time he was sentenced and now will 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 won't appeal the decision and he expects Bell will ultimately be eligible for parole.

The exact date for the resentencing has not yet been released, but Wagner said it is expected this summer.

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