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Suspect In Sampson Triple Murder May Get Death Penalty

Posted October 1, 2004

— One of the men charged with murdering three Sampson County residents in November 2003 could face the death penalty.

Stephen Antonio "Bernie" Bell and two other men are charged with murdering three people. The victims were found burned in a field in the community of Keener.

In Friday's court hearing, Bell's case was determined to be a capital case, meaning if he is convicted, he could be executed.

Rafty Brown and Antavio Best were also indicted this week. A hearing will be held next month to determine if Best will face the death penalty if he is convicted.

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