Troy Kell
American murderer
Troy Kell
Troy Michael Kell is an inmate on death row in Utah. Troy Kell was sentenced to life in prison by the State of Nevada for the 1986 murder of James "Cotton" Kelly. Shortly after his conviction he was transferred to the Utah State Prison as part of a prisoner exchange program.
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San Diego State knocks Nevada out of first place
Fox News - 16 days
SAN DIEGO (AP) Trey Kell scored 17 points to go over 1,000 in his career and San Diego State knocked Nevada out of first place in the Mountain West Conference with a 70-56 victory on Sunday.
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Judge stops recall effort against auditor from going forward
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A judge ruled Thursday that a recall petition filed against indicted state Auditor Troy Kelly did not meet the legal threshold necessary for backers to begin collecting signatures from state voters.
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Golf-Kelly and Potter in playoff at the Greenbrier
Yahoo News - over 4 years
July 8 (Reuters) - American journeymen Troy Kelly and TedPotter Jr. took the Greenbrier Classic into a sudden-deathplayoff at White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia on Sunday. The duo finished the regulation 72 holes on 16-under-par264, Kelly closing with a four-under 66 on the Old White TPCCourse and Potter finishing eagle-birdie for a 64. (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; editing byKen Ferris)
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Utah Supreme Court hears appeal from death row inmate Troy Kell - Deseret News
Google News - over 5 years
SALT LAKE CITY — In what attorneys for death row inmate Troy Kell call his "best chance" at appeal, they petitioned the Utah Supreme Court Monday arguing that the man had ineffective attorneys during his last appeal
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    FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 41
    On Thursday December 9, 2010, Troy Michael Kell married his Fiancee (not identified) at the Utah State Prison-Draper in a non-contact visitation room.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 39
    As of May 2008, Kell remains on death row, as his appeals process continues.
    More Details Hide Details Kell was originally imprisoned in the state of Nevada for the murder of 21-year old James "Cotton" Kelly. Although tried for killing "Kelly," the victim's real name was James Thiede, a Canadian citizen who was under investigation for drug smuggling from the RCMP. Some years later, Thiede's mother, father and uncle were federally indicted both in Las Vegas and Toronto for drug smuggling, all using the same alias, "Kelly." In 1986, Kell, then age 18, was asked by 15 year-old long-time friend, Sandy M. Shaw, to beat Cotton Kelly for relentlessly stalking Miss Shaw for sex. Her mother had gone to the police earlier, but there were no stalking laws on the books at that time, which caused Shaw to turn to Kell, her childhood protector from her old neighborhood. Cotton Kelly drove into the desert with Shaw, Kell, and a third young man (William "Billy" Merritt), where Kell shot Kelly six times in the face, killing him. The murder was dubbed the "Show and Tell Murder" by Las Vegas media, because Shaw and another teen (David Fletcher) allegedly returned to the scene of the crime with their friends, to see the corpse. One of the friends eventually reported the incident to the police which led to the arrests and convictions of Shaw, Kell, and Merritt. Years later, Fletcher signed a sworn affidavit saying that he, not Miss Shaw, had taken kids out to view the body, and also that he was blackmailed by the prosecutor to commit perjury against her at her trial.
  • 2003
    Age 34
    In 2003, he came within a month of execution by firing squad, but eventually chose to file an appeal.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 27
    The documentary tells the story of Troy Kell and Eric Daniels' murder of Lonnie Blackmon, and shows footage of the initial trial in 1996; statements from Kell, Daniels, guards, the state attorney, Blackmon's brother, and Sandra Shaw (who was serving time elsewhere as the instigator of Kell's first murder, for which Kell was originally incarcerated); and footage of the attack captured by the CCTV within the Utah Prison in Gunnison, Utah.
    More Details Hide Details Due to security concerns, the state won the right to hold Kell's trial in a courtroom within the Utah State Prison facility. Convicted of aggravated murder, the state pushed for and secured a death penalty verdict from the jury.
  • 1994
    Age 25
    On July 6, 1994, Troy Kell attacked and killed inmate Lonnie Blackmon at the Utah Department of Corrections Gunnison facility, stabbing Blackmon a total of 67 times while his associate, Eric Daniels, held Blackmon down.
    More Details Hide Details Kell was sentenced to death by firing squad for his part in the murder. Once in prison, Kell became a white supremacist gang leader. Prior to the attack on Blackmon, Kell had been involved in race-related altercations with several black inmates, including Blackmon. The murder was captured on the prison security closed-circuit TV camera. HBO, in cooperation with Blowback Productions filmed a documentary, entitled, Gladiator Days: Anatomy of a Prison Murder, released in 2002.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Age 17
    Troy Kell was sentenced to life in prison by the State of Nevada for the 1986 murder of James "Cotton" Kelly.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after his conviction he was transferred to the Utah State Prison as part of a prisoner exchange program.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Born
    Born in 1968.
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