Sadie Bell )
Pontiac — A Southfield woman convicted of shooting her lover because she was upset with the quality of his sexual performance was expected to surrender to authorities after the Michigan Court of Appeals revoked her bond, her attorney said Thursday
Last April, a jury found Sadie Darlene Bell, 58, guilty of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder in the wounding of Edward Lee, 60, during an argument. She was sentenced by Oakland Circuit Judge Phyllis McMillen to 20 months to 10 years in prison for the shooting and a mandatory two years because it involved a firearm.
But earlier this month McMillen granted a $10,000 bond pending Bell’s appeal of the conviction due to ineffective assistance of counsel.
Bell was released from the Oakland County Jail on July 17 on conditions that she wear a tether, which monitored her whereabouts, and avoid any alcohol consumption. Bell was permitted to leave home only to go to work or medical appointments.
The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office immediately appealed Bell’s release, saying she posed a “significant danger” to the community. They noted Lee’s near-fatal injuries. Bell had also been involved in shooting her husband, Lavelle Bell, in 1991.
The Michigan Court of Appeals said there was not clear evidence that she was not a threat to the public. The appeals court also said evidence was not clear that Bell’s defense counsel was ineffective at trial.
“She’s sad by their ruling but we’ve made arrangements for her to turn herself in,” said Bell’s appeals attorney David Herskovic. “We will move on to the next step and we think we can make a strong argument.”
Southfield police responded to a domestic dispute at an apartment complex in the 20000 block of Wakefield shortly after 5 p.m. July 28, 2013.
Bell said she was upset by Lee’s poor performance. She also accused him of cheating on her.
Herskovic said Bell and Lee had been drinking heavily and her remarks to police were made while she was intoxicated. He also noted Bell never was convicted of wrongdoing in the 1991 shooting, which he said was a matter of self-defense.