Murder suspect Bell in custody

From left, Timothy Bell and Marcus Price

From left, Timothy Bell and Marcus Price

ALBANY, Ga. — Less than 43 hours after a man was gunned down in west Albany, the man accused in the killing turned himself in to Albany Police Department officers, said a police official.

“Timothy O’Neal Bell’s brother brought him into the LEC (Law Enforcement Center) at about noon today (Friday),” said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. “He is charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during a commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.”

Bell, 33, was charged in the shooting death of 35-year-old Melvin Jerome Green, who was wounded twice about 4:50 Wednesday while in the rear of the Windover Apartments off the 2300 block of Gordon Avenue, police reported. The apartments were the last known address of Bell, the report added.

Police officers stated they also arrested Marcus Price, 26, on Wednesday and Shongrevius Devontre Morgan, 23, Thursday in connection with the homicide. Price was charged with felony being a party to the crime. Morgan was charged for hindering apprehension also a felony.

Banks said a motive for the murder remained under investigation and no significant gang involvement has been indicated.

While Green did not live at the apartment complex, he was well known there as a popular neighborhood fixture who would cut residents’ hair and hang out at the nearby Westside Grocery Store.


waltspecht 3 years, 10 months ago

There are entirely too many illegal guns on the street, and too many people that apparently have no fear of the Law catching them carrying or using one. It's time Albany did what Richmond Virginnia did. Make it too risky for a Felon or a Drug Dealer to carry a gun. Really throw the book at any that actually use one with a combination of State and Federal charges. Do not allow concurrent sentances. The coverage I have heard and read said the locals had given up on guns, because of the consequences. Isn't that the purpose of a Law? To make the consequences so great that the criminals look for another way to make a living? An undercover Officer walking a well trained firearms detecting dog could do a lot to curb this practice of Felons with guns. The dogs alert is probable cause, and a search warrent could be obtained. Then a little fifteen year stretch, 10 Federal and 5 State could possibly convince others not to carry.


loveavenue14 3 years, 10 months ago

The problem with Albany is these adult criminals started out as juvenile criminals who get away with everything under the sun. If Albany was ran like Valdosta Ga and juveniles were given a warning then sent to a correctional institution they would think twice before they commited such crimes and allow their parents to stop being punished by unruly children. A 15 year old child know right from wrong and should be punished as such. When you rob a store spend a few nights in jail with grown men criminals.


Yowsa51 3 years, 10 months ago

Remember the "Scared Straight" programs of the late 70's and 80's? These should be brought back, & made mandatory as a pretrial intervention.........


tocar 3 years, 10 months ago

Our children do not need to be disposed to these thugs. If a child's Mother would set her morals and goals higher in this world, they would not have to be exposed. There are jobs for everyone who wants to work. It may not be the job you are looking for but it is better than robbing a store or innocent individuals. There are many jobs even if you want to create something positive. If you do not have anything to do please take your idle time and do something nice for someone else or for your church. God will take care of you if you will only allow Him into your life. There are not enough cops in this unruly and evil city of Albany to take all of the criminals off of the streets. When are they going to realize that a certain amount of energy is required to live a good life rather than being sorry? Parents, please teach your children and lead them down the right path.


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