Former Wichita Homicide Suspect Denied Expungement

By: Greg Palmer
By: Greg Palmer

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas judge has rejected an expungement request from a former Wichita man who was acquitted in a 2000 quadruple homicide but pleaded guilty to an aggravated assault charge two years later.

The Wichita Eagle reports 33-year-old Earl Bell III was one of two men who stood trial for the December 2000 shooting deaths of four teenagers at a home in Wichita. The second suspect, Cornelius Oliver, was convicted of the slayings and is serving a life sentence.

Bell's lawyer argued in his motion for expungement that his client has turned his life around, graduated from college and is an Army reservist who has served one tour of duty.

District Judge Joseph Bribiesca said Wednesday he had heard no evidence beyond Bell's statements to support expungement.


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