Parole denied for man convicted of killing 2 officers

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Parole was denied Wednesday for a man serving 20 years for killing two law enforcement officers.

Brian Nelson had his third chance for parole Wednesday morning at a hearing at the National Guard Armory. Parole was denied.

According to investigators, Nelson was driving his pick up truck on Boone Hill Road in November of 2002, when he hit and killed two officers who were helping a woman with a flat tire.

Authorities say Nelson was driving with a suspended drivers licence and had a history of seizures and later admitted to being high on medication. He was convicted of killing Berkeley County Sheriff's deputy Marion Wright and Summerville police officer William Bell.

"I know that the law enforcement community is going to be happier today that a double cop killer is going to stay in jail for at least one more year," said Bell's nephew James Bateman.

In 2003, Nelson was given two 10 year sentences for reckless homicide. He was later eligible for parole after serving just five years in prison.

Nelson's first parole hearing in 2009 was denied. Last year, Nelson waived his right to a parole hearing.

"It's an emotional toll. I mean we're in a roller coaster all year long spirits up one day thinking things are good and then go down," said Bell's widow, Betty Bell.

Family members say they are already preparing for next year's parole hearing. They say they'll be able to sleep comfortably tonight knowing the man that took the lives of two police officers is staying behind bars for yet another year.

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