Police: Man Shot Preteen, Teen, Mother in Snellville-Area Triple Homicide

Authorities are still on the lookout for the suspect, Robert Bell.

Gwinnett County Police are looking for Robert Bell in connection to a triple homicide that took place in unincorporated Snellville on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. Credit: Gwinnett County Police
Gwinnett County Police are looking for Robert Bell in connection to a triple homicide that took place in unincorporated Snellville on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. Credit: Gwinnett County Police
This article was originally posted at 5 p.m. Sept. 16.

Gwinnett County Police are searching still for the suspect connected to fatally shooting a woman, her 12-year-old son and her godson Sunday (Sept. 15) in unincorporated Snellville.

The suspect in the case is Robert Bell, a 33-year-old black male who had recently moved into the home at 4630 Anderson-Livsey Ln. where the triple homicide took place. 

Detectives also had been investigating Bell's 22-year-old wife, Danielle Hill-Bell, who was living in the home, too. She is no longer being actively sought, according to a news release from Gwinnett Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith. 

Police were initially called to the residence on an aggravated domestic call around 9 p.m. 

"The caller stated that a man was chasing a woman outside and firing a gun at her," wrote Smith.

Police found homeowner Angela Benton, 34, and her 23-year-old boyfriend, Justin Cato, outside the residence with gunshot wounds. Both were transported to the hospital, where Benton died. Cato, who originally called 911, was shot in the leg and is expected to survive. 

The GCPD SWAT team responded to the scene due to suspicions that the suspect, Bell, was still inside the residence, but he was not. Two deceased bodies were located in the home during the investigation, though: Benton's 12-year-old son, Joseph McDonald, and 19-year-old Raynord Daniel, Benton's godson. Both lived in the home. 

Benton had allowed Bell and his wife to move into the home two weeks ago on what seems to be a "charitable act," according to police. 

"The victims and the suspect were thought to be on good terms and at this point the motive for the murders is not clear," says the news release.

Bell, who is 6 feet tall and 300 pounds, has active warrants for three counts of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault. His vehicle, a black SUV, was recovered at the scene. An assault rifle similar to an AR-15 was located in the vehicle and detectives believe it may be the murder weapon.

Bell's whereabouts are unknown. Anyone with information should contact Gwinnett Homicide Unit detectives at 770-513-5300.

Bell also should be considered armed and dangerous, and anyone encountering him should call 911. 

Another homicide was reported on the same block of Anderson Livsey Lane in April 2011. Marvin Tyus, 48, was fatally shot in his home during an apparent home invasion. The suspects were unknown at the time, and there are no news reports indicating that anyone was arrested in connection to the incident. 

The information above is based on a news release from the Gwinnett County Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.
Tammy Osier September 16, 2013 at 05:06 PM
6 feet tall, 300 pounds (which looks like most of might be muscle)? Might not be too hard to find... What in the world is going on in Snellville?
Tom Witts September 16, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Tammy, this tragedy did not occur in Snellville, it happened in unincorporated Gwinnett County. That does not make it any less a tragedy, but it needs to be pointed out that it did not occur within the City limits. Tom Witts Mayor Pro Tem City of Snellville
Tammy Osier September 16, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Oh thanks. The story said unincorporated Snellville. Wasn't sure were the line is drawn on that. Mot of this stuff doesn't seem to happen in city limits, but in the surrounding areas. It's a big area.
Tom Witts September 16, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Tammy, ww can thank the fact that most of these things happen outside the City limits to the Snellville Police Department and their 3 to 4 minute response time. The criminals know that in Snellville "if you do the crime you will do the time. "
Tammy Osier September 16, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Snellville City has always had a fine Police Department. people have no idea how much a deterrence factor has to do with it. I worked as an instructor in a juvenile court boot camp in Walton with Loganville Police, and our premise was deterrence. I believe it works. I've worked in "intervention" for many years, and while intervention is a great thing, it doesn't do the full job. Recidivism rates prove that point. So, the boot camp had a premise of adding deterrence into the equation. I am 100% in favor of it because it works. One of my State Patrol friends was asked if it bothered him that people only seemed to slow down when they saw a patrol car. He said, "No, not at all. If it makes them slow down realizing that we are there, then it has accomplished its purpose".
Katrina Beatty Beckham September 16, 2013 at 07:00 PM
As a former resident of unincorporated Snellville with family still living there, I think it is EXTREMELY distasteful for the Mayor Pro Tem to be commenting to point out that this didn't happen in the city proper. The article clearly stated that and I think it makes the City of Snellville look like an elitist town with no compassion, especially on a story such as this.
Becky September 16, 2013 at 08:19 PM
I don't know what the response time was but there is a fire station less than 2 miles from this crime scene, which happens to be a mile from my house. Its a very wooded area. If he fled on foot, my guess is he is hiding in there somewhere which scares the crap out of me knowing he could still be hiding nearby. I'm not sure what Mr. Witts was trying to say but I don't feel his comment was needed.
Deanna September 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Katrina Beckham, I agree with your comment. The mayor has a lot of nerves to distance "his" Snellville from "those people's" unincorporated Snellville. PR Fail
Brenda Lee September 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Katrina, Deana & Lisa' you're swatting at fly's while alligators are biting you in the butt. As en elected official, Mayor Pro Team Witts is directly ressponsible to the citizens of Snellville, NOT unincorporated Gwinnett County that happens to have a Snellville postal address. How about you take the energy you are expending trashing Witts, contact your County Commissioner Tommy Hunter and see if he can do something about getting you better PR. After all, your taxes actually pay him to do that.
Brenda Lee September 17, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Lisa, yes it was a tragedy. However, it is not ridiculous to clarify that this sad event did not happen inside the Snellville City Limits. I propose that if this wasn't election season Witts comments would not be the subject of this thread.
Tammy Osier September 17, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Maybe the story should have said "unincorporated Gwinnett" rather than "unincorporated Snellville". You can see how it might be confusing to someone skimming through these pages.
Tammy Osier September 18, 2013 at 06:33 AM
KBB, where you have a large police presence, you are going to be able to deter crime. However, the area has been changing the last ten years (gang activity etc...), and this area has been in the news more than surrounding areas. I've worked closely with specifically gang crime for close to 16 years, and have seen the demographics change on and off and shift fro area to area. that's something that needs to be focused on. This story was domestic, but more and more we are finding drugs and gang affiliation involved on the south side of town. **Patch: I wish there was an edit button. I redid this in order to add to my statement and it dropped to the bottom as if it were new. I assumed the new format would include one.


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