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Photographer Convicted Of Killing Young Model In

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sat, 01 Sep 2007 15:34:28 -0400
Archived: Sat, 01 Sep 2007 15:34:28 -0400
Subject: Photographer Convicted Of Killing Young Model In

Source: The Newport News, Virginia USA


August 31, 2007

Photographer Convicted Of Killing Young Model In 2003

By the Associated Press

ROANOKE, Va. - A jury on Friday found a Radford photographer
guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2003 death of a model
who posed in explicit photos for him.

The jury deliberated 12{ hours before convicting Bob Shell, 60,
of involuntary manslaughter and seven other drug and sex-related
charges. He had been charged with homicide in the death of 19-
year-old Marion Franklin.

The jury recommended Shell spend 32 years, six months in prison
and pay a $5,000 fine when he is formally sentenced on Oct. 26.

Prosecutors said Shell gave Franklin a lethal dose of morphine
at his studio on June 3, 2003. Two people testified that they
saw Shell squeeze what they believed to be morphine into
Franklin's wine glass that day; Shell testified Wednesday that
it was instead the herbal supplement echinacea.

Shell showed no reaction as the verdict was read. Some others in
the courtroom, including prosecutor Chris Rehak, cried. After
the jury recommended a sentence, Shell was led from the
courtroom in handcuffs.

Hours of explicit photos and videos were shown to the jury over
the eight-day trial, including pictures Shell had taken of
Franklin in bondage.

Shell's lawyer, Jonathon Venzie, claimed Franklin was a regular
drug user and Shell's lover and that her death was the result of
her own actions. But Rehak argued Shell was infatuated with the
young model and gave her morphine to incapacitate her so he
could take advantage of her.

[Thanks to Ed Gehrman for the lead]

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