Post by SoulTrainOz on Jul 12, 2006 5:19:35 GMT -5
A death row inmate at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore has died, apparently of natural causes, Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett said.
Randy Turpin Bell, 51, died at about 9:50 p.m. Sunday in the health care unit at Holman after spending more than 23 years on death row, Corbett said.
Bell was on death row for the 1981 murder of Charles Mims in Chilton County.
As a matter of procedure, Bell's death will be investigated by the prison system's Investigation and Intelligence division, Corbett said.
Mims disappeared in Chilton County in December 1981 and was presumed to be dead. Bell was convicted of killing Mims in 1983 even though a body was never found, said Clay Crenshaw, head of the capital litigation section of the Alabama attorney general's office.
It was 1 of the 1st cases in Alabama where a person was convicted of murder even though a body was never found.
Prison records show that Bell was also known by the alias Randy Turpin Cole.