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Man convicted of killing 3 who answered ad to buy car

April 8, 2011 |  3:01 pm

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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