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Charges dropped against man in girlfriend’s death. Here’s why

Bibb coroner talks about body found on Riverside

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said a woman found dead Sunday on Riverside Drive in Macon had been shot multiple times.
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Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said a woman found dead Sunday on Riverside Drive in Macon had been shot multiple times.

A Dekalb County man charged in the 2016 death of a Macon woman is now in the Bibb County jail.

Sterling Breynard Bell, 29, who had been held on unrelated charges in Atlanta, was booked into the Bibb County jail on Tuesday on a murder charge.

He is accused in the shooting death of Kendra Roberts, 27. Her body was found along Riverside Drive on Aug. 7, 2016, with multiple gunshot wounds.

Her boyfriend, Daniel Hall, 22, was originally charged with murder in her death but further evidence exonerated him and the charge was dropped, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office release.

In 2016, two days after Roberts’ death, the release stated, Bell was arrested on unrelated charges in the Atlanta area. He was in possession of a 9mm handgun and testing later determined the gun was the one used to kill Roberts, the release stated.

According to court documents, a warrant for Bell’s arrest on the murder charge was issued Oct. 12, 2018. The Macon Circuit District Attorney’s office filed a motion to dismiss the murder charge against Hall on Oct. 24.

Bell was indicted for murder on Dec. 4.

Roberts’ body was found in the 5500 block of Riverside Drive, between Bass Road and the Monroe County line, near where she lived at Riverwalk Apartments.

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