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Dudley Bell

Posted: 1172073029000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Bell,
Feb. 21, 2007, 12:40AM
Dudley Bell, ex-private investigator accused of arranging hit on model

Dudley Bell, a former Houston TX private investigator who served four years of a 38-year prison sentence for attempting to arrange the murder of model Barbara Piotrowski, has died at age 70.

Prosecutors accused Bell of arranging a botched hit job on Piotrowski for millionaire Richard Minns, Piotrowski's former lover. In 1980, she was shot four times and was paralyzed. Minns, who was never charged in the case, is believed to be living abroad.

Nathaniel Ivery and Patrick Steen pleaded guilty to attempting to kill Piotrowski and were sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Bell was paroled and lived in California before returning to Texas. He died in New Braunfels, Texas on Feb. 4, 2007.

Piotrowski is thought to be living in California.

Born in Houston TX on July 24, 1936, Dudley Clifford Bell Jr. ran unsuccessfully for Houston City Council in 1975. He attended the University of Houston and served in the Army.

"Bell once was the top private investigator in Houston," said Houston lawyer Dick DeGuerin, who later represented Piotrowski in a lawsuit against Minns.

Survivors include his wife, Winnie Bell; a son, Trey Bell; and a brother, John Bell.

Graveside services were at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio TX.

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