Monday, January 30, 2012

                 Colavito Bell 
On January 26, 2012, a jury found Colavito Anton Bell, Guilty of First Degree Murder. He was charged with shooting and killing Christopher "Chip" Oney in the early morning hours of January 23, 2008.

Witnesses testified that he confessed to the shooting but showed no remorse. Immediately after shooting Mr. Oney in the head three times, he raced to an ex-girlfriend's home asking for help to flee the country. She asked him what he had done and he informed her he had killed someone. But she wouldn't help him. He later threatened her to keep quiet.

He then fled out of state and showed up unannounced to the home of a sibling. Bell confessed to his sibling in great detail. He shared his intentions to kill Lyn Ragan (Dispatcher) and Chip Oney at the same time. But Ms. Ragan was not there on the morning of January 23, 2008, so he carried out the murder of Chip Oney. The witness also testified to the clothes Bell wore during the attack and how he disposed of his attire and the gun after the shooting.

Other witnesses close to Bell testified of his confession to them as well. His motive? Money and greed. Mr. Bell now awaits a sentencing hearing scheduled to take place in March 2012. In the State of Florida, a First Degree Murder conviction carries a life sentence, day for day.

Colavito Bell will remain behind prison bars for the remainder of his life. Unless of course, he commits suicide as he tried to do on Friday, January 27, 2012, the day after his verdict was read. His attempt fell short and presently, he sits in solitary awaiting his sentence.