Jim, who practiced law in Dorchester County for 48 years, suffered from pulmonary fibrosis. A respiratory illness, for which he received oxygen therapy.
Police found a revolver next to the body with two spent shell casings and investigators found two gunshot wounds to his temple, not one.
Jason eventually confessed to killing his father, but he told authorities, “I just wanted him to stop suffering."
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Jurors unanimously rejected the defense's argument that Jason Bell carried out a mercy killing — which he staged to look like a suicide — due to his father’s failing health.
During the trial and sentencing, Jason Bell didn’t address his family or the court, authorities said.
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Earlier this year, he rejected the state’s offer to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in state prison, according to The Post and Courier.
On Aug. 10, Circuit Judge Heath Taylor sentenced Jason to life in prison without parole.
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