Charges filed in slaying of Bell, unborn child

Formal charges have been filed against a Jefferson County man accused of killing his wife and an unborn infant in January.

Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter charged George Kennedy Cage, 31, with one count of capital murder and one count of first-degree murder stemming from an incident at 9704 Huntley Trail on Jan. 19.

Cage is charged with stabbing Mendi Catherine Bell, 37, who was pronounced dead on arrival after being taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

When an autopsy was performed on Bell at the State Medical Examiner’s Office, doctors discovered that Bell had been pregnant.

The capital murder count relates to the unborn infant, while the first-degree murder count is for the death of Bell.

According to a probable cause affidavit from sheriff’s investigator Randy Jackson, Bell was found in an automobile about a block away from the house waiting on medical personnel to arrive.

Jackson reported that deputies were sent to the house after an emergency dispatcher received a call from a person later identified as Cage who said he had shot his wife and was not going to come out of the house until deputies arrived and took him out.

After Cage came out of the house and surrendered, he told deputies he “did not mean to stab his wife. He just snapped, grabbed a knife and stabbed Bell several times in the face, neck and back,” Jackson said in the affidavit.

Jackson reported that when Cage was questioned, he said he and Bell had argued because Bell’s son had made racial slurs.

Cage is black while both Bell and her son were white.

Jackson reported that a kitchen knife with blood on it was found in the front yard of the house, and one of Bell’s children witnessed the incident.

If Cage is found guilty of capital murder, he would be sentenced to death by lethal injection or life in prison without the possibility of parole. A conviction for first-degree murder is punishable by between 10 to 40 years or life in prison.

The case was assigned to First Division Circuit Judge Berlin C. Jones.

Cage will be held at the adult detention center without bond on the charges.