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Cornel Bell, found guilty of 2017 killing of Michelle Clarke, sentenced to life in prison logo 7/4/2022 Juliet Schulman-Hall,

50-year-old Cornel Bell, a former member of the Massachusetts Most Wanted List, was found guilty of murder in the first degree of Michelle Clarke, according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey.

Clarke, who was reportedly Bell’s estranged girlfriend, died at the age of 33 on August 19, 2017 in Weymouth after being ambushed in her Lake Street apartment and stabbed by Bell 15 times.

Clarke had a then-8-year-old son who was with his father at the time of the killing.

“This was a brutal domestic violence homicide, ending a promising life and leaving a young child to grow up without his mother,” District Attorney Morrissey said.

According to Morrissey, after the stabbing, Bell fled to Cape Cod and then Florida where law enforcement spent months finding him. Since then, Morrissey said that Bell has been held without bail.

The Jury began deliberations on Bell’s case on Wednesday and ended on Friday afternoon. Bell was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole, according to Morrissey.

The Norfolk District Attorney said to alert SafeLink, a 24/7 toll-free domestic violence hotline and resource center for people involved in domestic or dating violence, if anyone who might know of someone who is violent or controlling in a relationship at 877-785-2020. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is also open 24/7 at 1-800-7999-SAFE (7233).

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