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Man convicted of killing 3 who answered ad to buy car

Jurors will be asked Monday to determine the sentence for a Whittier man found guilty of first-degree murder for luring would-be used car buyers to his home, where he robbed and killed them.

Jurors are scheduled to reconvene in Norwalk Superior Court to begin the trial’s penalty phase, in which they will recommend whether Cimarron Bernard Bell, 36, should be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.

Bell was convicted this week of killing three men who responded to his 2004 ad in a magazine for a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

The three were found shot in a car abandoned in a La Mirada parking lot.

Bell also was convicted of first-degree murder for earlier killing a girlfriend because he thought she was stealing from him in a check-writing scheme.

A co-defendant, Briaell Michael Lee, 28, is charged in one of the killings of the would-be car buyers and is scheduled to go to trial later this year.

-- Mike Anton

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This guy earned his place on death row!

He will appeal it for years! Why?

These kinds of people are destroying our way of life in this great Nation! If I ever had doubts about the death penalty, they are now gone.

His name is Cimarron?? Lol what a name, sounds like he should have been more successful in hollywood!

What a scumbag. He should be put down immediately.

Let jesus have mercy on him, The law should not!!

AG Kamala Harris is here to make sure that this guy will NOT get the death penalty, after all he might be in fact innocent.....


what a joke, good job voting for her CALI voters!

Did these fools really think they would get away with this?

People were killed over a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo? What is this world coming to?

Can someone talk me through WHY this cold-blooded murderer should NOT be given the gas at San Quentin? Please.


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