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Double Homicide Suspect Kenneth Bell Pleads Not Guilty

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Cape Girardeau Police Department

Kenneth Bell plead not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action in a Cape Girardeau County courtroom on Monday.

Bell is suspected of shooting two individuals to death at a Cape Girardeau apartment after a verbal altercation with one of the victims on February 7th of this year. Victims were identified as Misty Dawn Cole and Shannon Dewayne James and were reported to sustain multiple gunshot wounds. The murders took place on South Pacific Street.

Bell arrived in the courtroom dressed in prison orange and detained in cuffs. He appeared calm throughout the process.

Despite a substantial amount of evidence against him, including his own alleged confession, Bell chose to waive the reading of his charges and entered his plea of ‘not guilty’ to all three charges. 

Assistant Public Defender Michael Soto declined to comment about the defendant’s decision.

Bell is expected to reappear in court April 8th.

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