Marshals Find Arkansas Fugitive in Florida

A man wanted for murder in Arkansas has been arrested in DeFuniak Springs in northwest Florida, the U.S. Marshal’s Office said.

Brian Lee Bell, 22, had been living in a trailer in DeFuniak Springs and is thought to have also lived in Fort Walton Beach and Sandestin in the past several months, Marshal’s spokesman Dominic Guadagnoli said.

He had been on the run since he allegedly shot and killed Kelvin Trammell on Sept. 9, said Capt. Bernard Adams of the Jefferson County sheriff's office in Arkansas. He faces capital murder charges, and may also be connected in the shooting death of a witness to Trammell's killing, Adams said.

Guadagnoli said marshals spotted Bell and a 24-year-old woman who was living with him just before 1 a.m. Friday. Police surrounded their car after a chase, during which a .40 caliber handgun was allegedly thrown out. Officers arresting Bell said they found crack cocaine and a small amount of marijuana.

Bell was being held at Walton County Jail without bond, pending local charges and awaiting extradition back to Arkansas.

The woman, Marekiya Chavon Hogans, was charged with harboring a fugitive.


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