FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 12, 2014

Anna Man Charged with First Degree Mur­der

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Jessie L. Bell (DOB 12-2-1979) of 213 Mon­roe Street in Anna has been charged with First Degree Mur­der in con­nec­tion with the death of an Anna man.   Anna Police were called to a Dou­glas Street res­i­dence at approx­i­mate­ly 3:00 a.m. this morn­ing.  An adult male was found on the ground out­side the res­i­dence and was sub­se­quent­ly pro­nounced dead at the Union Coun­ty Hos­pi­tal.  The vic­tim is James H. Mor­ri­son (DOB 10-28-1967) of Anna.

The case is under inves­ti­ga­tion by the Anna Police Depart­ment and Union Coun­ty Coroner’s Office with assis­tance from the Illi­nois State Police and Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office.  Bell was appre­hend­ed this after­noon by Illi­nois State Police in John­son Coun­ty.  He is cur­rent­ly in the cus­tody of the Union Coun­ty Sher­iff and is being held with­out bail.

No addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion is being released at this time.

The Union Coun­ty State’s Attorney’s Office reminds the pub­lic that charges are not evi­dence of guilt.  A defen­dant is pre­sumed inno­cent and is enti­tled to a fair tri­al in which the gov­ern­ment has the bur­den of prov­ing guilt beyond a rea­son­able doubt.

Media: Please con­tact the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office at (618) 833‑5500 for any avail­able book­ing pho­tographs.