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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-624

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • August 6, 2018
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    Inmate Death

    He passed away at the hospital.
    • Wednesday
    • August 1, 2018
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County

    Details:

    Willie Devarr Bell
    DOB
    7/27/1967

    On August 1, at approximately 1:46 p.m. today, Willie Devarr Bell, a 51-year-old black male inmate, passed away at Brandon Regional Hospital. Bell had been assigned to the Falkenburg Road Jail infirmary for the treatment of chronic illnesses. Shortly before 1 p.m., medical staff determined his condition required transportation to the hospital.
     
    No foul play is suspected and there are no obvious signs of trauma. The Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine a cause of death.  Next of Kin has been notified.
     
    Bell had been jail since July 13
    after being arrested for "Failure to obey written promise" (Failure to Appear/No Valid Driver License/$5,000 bond). He had previously been arrested 19 times, dating back to 2003, on various misdemeanor and felony charges.
     
    This is a preliminary report and very early in the investigation.

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