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Federal Prisoners Charged for Murder of Cell Mate
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on October 03, 2012 @ 7:26PM
Created on October 03, 2012 @ 10:23AM
WHEELING - A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment on October 2, 2012, charging Patrick Andrews and  Kevin Bellinger with second degree murder and murder by  a federal prisoner serving a life  sentence, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, for the Northern District of West Virginia.

The indictment alleges that on October 7, 2007, Andrews and Bellinger murdered inmate Jesse Harris at the U.S. Penitentiary at Hazelton, West Virginia. At the time of the murder, Andrews was serving a life sentence for two separate homicides that took place in 1997  and  2000. Bellinger was  serving a life sentence for an assault with intent to kill that  took place in 2000.

The maximum statutory penalties are life in prison for Bellinger and life in prison or death for Andrews. The  government has  not  yet  filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against Andrews.

The charges are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the FBI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Flower for the Northern District of West Virginia and Trial Attorney Richard E. Burns of the Criminal Division’s Capital Case Unit.

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