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SBI investigator in Gell case retires

Posted July 4, 2010

— The agent who pushed for a prosecution that was ultimately overturned at a cost of millions of dollars has retired from the State Bureau of Investigation, spokeswoman Noelle Talley said Sunday.

Special Agent Dwight Ransome was the driving force behind the prosecution of Alan Gell. Ransome tapped Gell as the suspect in the April 1995 slaying of retired truck driver Allen Ray Jenkins in Hertford County despite witness statements and other evidence that Gell wasn't involved.

Gell served five years on on death row before he was acquitted in a new trial in 2004.

The State Bureau of Investigation paid Gell $500,000 on behalf of Ransom and insurance companies for the state paid Gell and his attorneys almost $3.4 million to settle a wrongful prosecution lawsuit, including a monthly payment of $7,857 to Gell, beginning in September 2011.


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  • superman Jul 6, 2010

    This guy must have been "super powerful" to press for a trial and then to have a jury to convict him. Didnt realize one person had so much power.

  • main13robert Jul 5, 2010

    What about the procecutors other cases? How can a man be convicted of a crime when he is in jail. The other cases need to be reviewed.

  • itsmyownopinion Jul 5, 2010

    "Gell is quilty not only of this murder but also sexually abusing young females for years. Y'all are so naive."

    Where's the evidence then?

  • chfdcpt Jul 5, 2010

    "Gell is quilty not only of this murder but also sexually abusing young females for years. Y'all are so naive"

    Why don't you tell us in which court he was convicted of this?

  • 409 Jul 5, 2010

    Gell is quilty not only of this murder but also sexually abusing young females for years. Y'all are so naive.

  • chfdcpt Jul 5, 2010

    slappy, the sad thing is that DA's are elected officials. However, the sheeple cannot be bothered to educate themselves, much less get off their collective fat culos to vote.

  • slappyh99 Jul 5, 2010

    It sounds like Dwight Ransome may have been the fall guy here. The prosecutors had the information but failed to turn it over the defense attorney. The prosecutors decided not to turn the information over as they were required to do. This is why NC now has open discovery. I'm surprised the prosecutors were not disbarred. They got a slap on the wrist and continue working, just in different jobs. Remember lawyers look out for each other. So the media needs to stop putting all the blame on Dwight Ransome for this as there were others involved that deserve more or all of the blame.

  • wayneboyd Jul 5, 2010

    Amen no contest, my sentiments exactly. But I see a light at the end of the tunnel, states like California and New Jersey are beginning to get the message. They as well as the rest of the governments in America are going broke trying to pamper government employees. They are finally coming around to finding out that eventhough they claim to be taxpayers they do not produce revenue. A nation of government workers will ultimately starve to death without jobs for those of us in the private sector.

  • no contest Jul 5, 2010

    Special Agent Dwight Ransome and the lawyers that enabled his crime should have to pay with a combination lost retirement benefits, fines and jail time. You should be ashamed of yourself Dwight Ransome.