Bob Shell

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  1. WarEaglemtn

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    Update on pending murder trial of Bob Shell

    September 30, 2005
    Photographer's murder trial postponed again

    Shell claims police have tampered with his computers



    There is another delay in a high-profile Radford murder case. The judge postponed the trial of photographer Bob Shell today after the defense claimed evidence in the case has been tampered with.

    Shell is charged with murder and several sex crimes in the overdose death of his girlfriend and model Marion Franklin. His attorney, Gil Davis, says three computer hard drives police seized from Shell are missing e-mails and images.

    Davis says the computers were altered once they were in police custody. Prosecutor Chris Rehak objected to the delay. A new trial won't be scheduled until December.
     
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    I thought if anyone else was as curious as I about Bob Shell I found this on the web:Shell alleges police misconduct
    By Heather Bell

    RADFORD - Bob Shell was back in court Monday, making some headway in getting items turned over to the defense in preparation for trial.

    Shell and his lawyer, Roanoke Attorney Marc Small, maintain they have been attempting to get copies of compact discs, photographs and other items of evidence from the Radford Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for more than one year. Copies of several of the items in question were handed over to the defense on Monday, after Judge Brett Geisler sent Shell, Small and Rehak to a conference room to work out an agreement.

    Radford Commonwealth's Attorney Chris Rehak said Tuesday the defense did present him with a list of requested items in July, but it was not in the form of a formal motion and a formal motion would need to be filed in order for the request to be considered. The motion was filed Oct. 21.

    Monday, Shell and Small were given three computer discs, a stack of copies of black and white photographs and copies of a series of personal letters. The defense and commonwealth also verbally agreed the defense would be given copies of Shell's computer address book and copies of a series of videotapes relating to the investigation, the latter within 10 days. They also agreed to allow a defense expert to be permitted to access Shell's computers.

    Shell, an internationally recognized photographer and magazine editor, is facing several charges relating to the death of one of his models, Marion Franklin, with whom he maintains he was having a romantic relationship

    Franklin, who modeled for Shell for about a year and served as his office manager, died in Shell's West Main Street Radford photography studio after reportedly consuming drugs and alcohol on June 3, 2003. Shell has been charged with attempted forcible sodomy, attempted animate object sexual penetration, drug possession and distribution charges, three counts of defiling a corpse and felony homicide in connection with Franklin's death.

    Shell will appear in court at least one more time before the scheduled start of his jury trial, set to begin Jan. 3. A hearing has been set for Nov. 30 at 1 p.m. to deal with all remaining pretrial motions filed in the case. Shell's attorney filed 20 additional motions relating to the case on Friday afternoon, ranging from illegal search and seizure, failure of the police department to administer Shell his Miranda rights, failure to provide Shell with legal counsel despite his requests to be provided with counsel during two police interviews in the days following Franklin's death and other issues.

    Shell said Tuesday he specifically recalls asking for a lawyer during the police interrogations but was told he "did not need a lawyer" by the Radford Department of Police.

    Captain James Lawson of the RDP said Tuesday that Shell's rights "have been protected through each and every step of this process."

    "He was advised of his rights the night she was found and he signed a waiver of those rights," Lawson said.

    The motions also include a request to dismiss several of the charges, including a motion to dismiss the charges of attempted forcible sodomy and attempted animate object penetration because, according to the motion, those "statutes clearly require a complaining witness."

    "In order to have an object penetration charge, you have to have a live complainant," Small said following Monday's hearing. "Ms. Franklin is dead, so we don't feel that is a valid charge."

    Shell has maintained his innocence throughout the more than 17 months since Franklin's death and says the two were involved in a consensual relationship.

    Rehak said Tuesday he cannot specifically comment on the 20 new motions filed by Small, but said he has confidence in the police department's conduct during the investigation, which is the subject of many of the motions.

    "As far as I'm concerned, there are no problems relating to this case," he said. "I can't comment specifically about the case at this point, but I will respond to each of the 20 motions individually at the Nov. 30 hearing."
     
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    I know nothing about Mr. Shell's guilt or innocence, and do not want to open up a can of worms here, but it certainly does seem as if the case is getting dragged out over a very long period of time.
     
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    I don't have any opinion (or information) on guilt or innocence either but I agree this seems to be taking waaaaaaaay too long to resolve.
     
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    The length of time this is taking is pretty much normal. With the motions the defense is raising one would expect delays. If Shell had wanted a quick trial his attorney could have made the proper motions and it would have happened.
    Nothing in the criminal justice system is set up for quick resolution. Not unless both sides push to get it done and the judge and calendar clerk are in agreement.
    It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
     
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    It won't be interesting to me. If he is guilty the idea is mortifying as it is equally mortifying if he is innocent and such charges would be brought.

    It is just sad from any angle.
     
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    I would imagine that such horrific charges are very difficult to prove, and that the prosecution would not waste the court's time or the people's money if they didn't have some pretty compelling evidence.
     
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    Bad any way you slice it.

    I have seen some pretty stupid, completely unsupported cases brought in the county I live in, but nothing like this.
     
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    I served on two felony case juries that were brought to trial by their prosecutors with little or no supporting evidence.
     
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    What ever happend to Bob Shell

    I'm curious if anyone knows what happend to Bob Shell after his run in with the legal system. Did he go to prison?
     
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    The charges sound really vicious if true. In this World anything is possible, today a one year old was found in California home with the entire family murdered. The child was beaten and left for dead.
     
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    He's got a website up with a link asking for money for his defense, bobshell.com, and most of what is available thru google is about the setting of the trial. I didn't see anything as to what has happened. You might want to look into this thru the local paper archives (Roanoke Times) or something at Radford Virginia where he lives. The trial was suppose to be in Oct 2005 I believe. He has an updated membership at One Model Place as of 2/06.
     
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    I did a quick poke into the Roanoke Times website, and it appears his trial is ongoing, with specific evidence issues still being debated and negotiated. The most recent article was dated April 19, 2006.
     
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    I don't know Bob, but he is still actively posting on the Yahoo rolleiusers list.

    Randy
     
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    What a sad, sick story for all concerned parties. Wonder if Shell is out on bail, or has he been in the pokey all this time?
     
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    On bail. The Roanoak rag's account is, to say the least, highly coloured. I would be surprised if the police can make ANYTHING stick.

    Cheers,

    Roger
     
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    And to be brutally honest, most of the model's I've dealt with needed either liquid or powder "inspiration". One of the main reason's I got out of that aspect of the business myself. I don't care what people do, but when it puts everything I've worked for my entire life at risk, I'd rather not be around it.

    erie
     
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    10 dollars says that he does jail time.
     
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    I'm thinking like Donbga. Roanoke is, in the end, a small town in a very provincial part of Virginia, where the nuances of the situation will be lost on most jurors. "Bondage Photos" and "guilty" will go together very well in their minds, regardless of the facts of the situation. I'm curious in an academic sense as to how the police are alleging that he had sex with her after she was dead... that part sounds a bit like scaremongering. If his attorney is good, he'll be able to get Bob off of everything but negligence charges. That a woman almost a third his age died in his house/studio while under the influence of drugs, and that he did not rush her to the hospital just looks REALLY bad.
     
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    Funny, although it doesn't have anything to do with his current predicament, but I remember reading an article or response to a letter - must have been years ago in Shutterbug - about how he was a vegetarian and strong animal rights advocate. He wrote that he was working to get the animal based gelatin out of film emulsion.
     
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    I also seem to remember that he was called upon to offer his expert opinion on some sort of alien autopsy photo or film.

    Was that the same Bob Shell?
     
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    Well, considering how much of his local police department is in trouble one way or another, they may not be able to bring any evidence. And from all I understand, Marion was dead before he realized that she was anything more than asleep. Yes, she had a drugs history but she had been off the stuff for a while. The drugs she took were taken from a (?) locked cupboard: they had been prescribed for Bob's mother, who had herself recently died. Bob was seriously in love with the poor girl: not wisely, perhaps, but who falls in love wisely?

    Yes, I may be unduly influenced by having heard Bob's side of the story. But I've known the guy for 17 years and I can't see him as guilty of anything as charged. Even Bob's ex-wife Darlene, divorced over Marion, is supporting him. Would she do that if she thought he was guilty?

    If I were a betting man I'd take the $10 bet, but earning a living as a freelance is gamble enough for me: I don't think I've even played a slot machine in 25 years.

    Cheers,

    Roger (FoB -- Friend of Bob)
     
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    Drugs kill. Don't even associate with pepole who use, they will take you down with them. My sister lost a scholorship to the Juilard School of Music for piano. In three months she went from beer to pot to cocaine. It took ten years for her to straighten out, she is still not normal. Thus endeth the lecture. Very sad all the way arround.
     
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