A Shreveport man pleaded guilty in Caddo District Court to manslaughter Monday, September 9, 2019, even as jurors were being selected for his second-degree murder trial.
When Darell Lamont Bell, 24, returns to District Judge Craig Marcotte’s courtroom November 19, 2019, he faces 10 to 40 years at hard labor, in a plea agreement arranged after consultation with agreement from the family of the victim, Shreveport teen Kendarrius Henderson.
Henderson, 18, was killed February 8, 2017. He was sitting with two acquaintances in a vehicle outside a residence in the 200 block of North Emerald Loop when a Ford F-150 pickup drove by and the driver of the truck fired several shots at the parked car. Henderson was struck in the head and perished.
One of the occupants inside the victim’s vehicle identified the shooter as Darell Bell. It is believed that the motive for the shooting was a dispute between Bell and Henderson over a stolen firearm.
Bell was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys William Edwards and Joshua Williams. He was defended by Kurt Goins.