Trial begins next week in Upsall murder case
ROCHESTER — Roy Bell, of Rochester, will be in Fulton Superior Court Aug. 27-28 for a bench trial for his alleged role in the Nov. 22, 2011 shooting death of former Knox resident Wilma Upsall.
Upsall’s body was discovered by her daughter when she returned home to her Leiters Ford residence during the evening of Nov. 22.
Autopsy findings revealed that 81-year-old Upsall died as a result of gunshot wounds inflicted during a burglary allegedly involving Bell, William Scroggs of Delong, and Jason Miller of Plymouth. The latter two have also been charged with murder.
The three were the subject of a massive manhunt in the Culver and Monterey area during Thanksgiving weekend
Officers managed to capture both Scroggs and Miller. Both were booked into the Fulton County Jail and initially charged with the murder of Upsall.
Bell was apprehended at about 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, 2011 at a home located on Elm Street in rural Monterey. Bell’s arrest came as the result of a tip the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department received from one of the residents in the home. Marshall County contacted officers at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police. When police from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the location, they were directed into the home and to a back bedroom. Bell was inside the room and taken into custody without incident.
Bell was also booked into the Fulton County Jail.
All three suspects entered not guilty pleas in Fulton Superior Court.
Bell is charged with Murder, Robbery, Burglary, and Criminal Confinement, all Class A Felonies.
The parties have waived a jury trial and the case will be decided by the judge. As part of that waiver, the parties have entered into a trial stipulation and sentencing agreement which are part of the courts confidential file and cannot be commented on or disclosed until the trial of the case.