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Flasher Convicted in 1978 Slaying

June 29, 1993 GMT

HOUSTON (AP) _ A flasher was convicted of shooting to death a man who tried to stop him from exposing himself to a group of children.

Edward Harold Bell, 54, was found guilty of murder Monday in the 1978 slaying of Larry Dean Dickens, a 26-year-old oil field roughneck.

Bell faced a maximum penalty of life in prison. He was to be sentenced today.

Witnesses testified that Bell was naked from the waist down when he climbed out of his truck and marched down the street in front of a half-dozen children.

Dickens ran outside and grabbed the keys from Bell’s truck, intending to strand him there until Pasadena police arrived.

Bell shot Dickens four times with a pistol, then fired a rifle shot into the man’s forehead as the victim’s mother held her fallen son and pleaded with Bell, witnesses said.

Defense attorney Larry Fatheree argued that Dickens was a ″mean″ and ″unstable″ man who attacked Bell and screamed, ″I’m going to kill you in the name of Jesus 3/8″

Bell, a former pharmaceutical salesman and boat operator, jumped bail in 1979 and lived under under assumed names. He was found in Panama after being featured on television’s ″Unsolved Mysteries″ in December.