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Testimony in Calvin Bell Murder Trial Focuses on Co-Defendant

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By Beth Rousseau.
Testimony continued Friday in the trial of Calvin Bell, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Bretnie Owens in June of 2013. But much of the testimony focused on Nigel Smith, Bell's co-defendant, set to stand trial next month.

Binghamton Detective Sgt. Robert Fimbres says that when officials searched the home where Nigel Smith was living in 2013 they were looking for items related to the death of Bretnie Owens, which is exactly what Fimbres said they found.

In the Endicott home where Smith was living with the mother of his son, authorities found a red-hooded sweatshirt matching the description given by an eyewitness of the incident. Investigators also found empty pellet packaging, which prosecutors say is significant because of the expended pellets and empty pellet round found at the crime scene.

Defense attorney Michael Korchak points out that while the mother of Smith's son, Tyheba Cain, says that she has never owned a pellet gun or purchased pellets there is no way for her to know if one of her 3 sons or their friends brought them into the home. Korchak also adds that there is nothing significant about the red-hooded sweatshirt as there are thousands of them in Broome County.

Paula Fellhauer, who was dating Nigel Smith in 2013 also took the stand today telling jurors that she briefly met Calvin Bell on multiple occasions and knew him as a friend of Nigel's.

Prosecutors will continue to call witnesses when jurors return to the courtroom on Monday Morning at 9:15