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We’ve got one word: wow.

A 44-year-old Illinois man by the name of Willie Bell has been charged with first-degree murder and concealment of a homicide after he allegedly dressed as a parking meter reader, then shot his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend dead.

Days after firing at the victim in his Morgan Park, Chicago home, Bell allegedly set the residence on fire, then fled the scene.

From Daily Mail:

The alleged murder of Timothy Lawrence, 48, took place in September, the CBS reported. ‘The actions of the defendant were cold, calculating and pre-planned. The only reasonable order would be an order of no bail,’ Judge James Brown said during a hearing on Tuesday. 

Bell’s Facebook posts reportedly show how angry he was about his ex dating a new guy.

Facebook posts show Bell growing increasingly angry that Lawrence was dating his ex-girlfriend soon after he broke up, prosecutors said. Bell was seen on surveillance footage arriving at Lawrence’s home on September 12, dressed as a meter reader. 

Days before, he was seen at a Home Depot buying a workman’s vest and helmet, the Tribune reported.  While wearing the vest and helmet that read ‘Meter Inspector’, he entered the home. The two men didn’t know one another. An hour later, Bell was seen on camera leaving the home. This time wearing plain clothes. 

He later returned to torch Lawrence’s home.

With a bandage on one hand, Bell entered Lawrence’s vehicle, a 2004 Buick LeSabre, and used the man’s credit card to buy gasoline. Days later, Bell returned to the home with another person and entered the residence carrying a gas can.

The camera was then disabled. Police were called just before 1am on September 14 in response to a fire that had sprung up in the home. As first responders were en route, the home exploded.  

Lawrence’s burned body was later discovered with a gunshot wound to the head. An autopsy determined Lawrence’s death was caused by the gunshot. His death was then determined to be a homicide. Bell’s DNA was found in Lawrence’s car and cell phone records placed him in the home.

We pray for the victim and his loved ones at this time.

SOURCE: Daily Mail | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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