Bell v. State (Majority)Annotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed the denial of Appellant’s pro se petition filed under Ark. Code Ann. 16-90-111. In his petition, Appellant argued (1) the two sentences of life imprisonment that were imposed on him in 1994 were facially illegal under the Eighth Amendment because the State did not prove in the sentencing proceeding that he was incorrigible and irreparably corrupt; and (2) his sentences were cruel and unusual and violated the Eighth Amendment. The Supreme Court held that the grounds for relief raised in Appellant’s petition were of the type that should have been raised in the trial court.