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Man who killed police officer 
scheduled for execution tonight

Feb 19, 2009

RICHMOND
A man who killed a Winchester police officer is set to die unless Gov. 
Timothy Kaine steps in to stop the execution.
Edward Nathaniel Bell is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 9 p.m. 
tonight at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt.
Bell maintains that he did not shoot Sgt. Ricky Timbrook as the officer 
chased him down a dark ally on Oct. 29, 1999.

Prosecutors, however, say Bell was a flashy drug dealer who held a grudge 
against Timbrook for arresting the Jamaican man two years earlier for 
possessing a concealed weapon.

Bell would be the 103rd Virginia inmate executed since the U.S. Supreme 
Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976. Virginia ranks second only to 
Texas in the number of executions since then.