Murder trial rescheduled to April

Jacob Smith • Jan 22, 2018 at 5:39 PM

The trial date for a Lebanon man charged with first-degree murder was moved to the week of April 30, because defense attorneys continue to wait on final reports from an expert in the case.

Trenton Bell, 24, faces charges of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse after his girlfriend Sydney Green, 19, of Lebanon, was found unresponsive in a bathtub in February 2015.

Bell reported Green’s death as a suicide in a call to Lebanon police. As detectives investigated the scene, they discovered the couple was apparently involved in a domestic altercation inside their apartment.

Police believed Bell killed Green in the altercation and then attempted to stage the scene to appear as though it were a suicide.

Officers on the scene administered CPR to Green until Wilson County Emergency Management Agency paramedics took her to the hospital. She was pronounced dead at then-University Medical Center.

Bell’s trial was previously scheduled for Monday. His court dates were rescheduled or continued several times since his first appearance in Wilson County criminal court, which was in 2015.
Bell has remained in Wilson County Jail on $2 million bond since his 2015 arrest. 

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