Wife and Two Men Arrested for Killing David Bell in 2001

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Arrests have been made in a Walker murder investigation from over five years ago.
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Family Friend

Denham Springs, LA

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#21
Jun 8, 2012
 
Anita Peeler wrote:
Do we always have to report on the NEGATIVE side of things. Gretchen was a student of mine and I think that these accusations are false! The pressure to hold someone accountable for this murder was felt by the Sherriffs office. Please do not judge Gretchen by these fabricated accusations!
Okay so I am actually neighbor's with David's family. I never knew him but his whole family is all the same. They are caring loving people who will take in anyone in need! They are the neighbor that will lend u that cup of sugar or a few eggs because u don't have time to run to the store. Don't judge when u don't know the person. Especially when u say they WERE your student. They have changed. She isn't a child anymore.
Gretchen Arceneaux

Ponchatoula, LA

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Jun 8, 2012
 
Guess you all that didn't believe in me love stupid now. Almost as bad as the LP cops. I will be waiting for those apologies as they came in but I won't hold my breath
Robert gassiott

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Mar 2, 2014
 
I was a very good friend of David in the military from 1986 to 1990 he didn't cuss smoke or drink but was very fun to be around he helpede work on my truck or anything u would ask of him he and I ran around a lot on weekends we even totaled out his Toyota pickup in the middle of the night.
The last te I saw him he I was living back in Tyler tx he invited me to come see him in Jefferson tx where his wife was from he was getting married the next day he was so happy he had always wanted to find that special girl .
I was happy for him but did not like Gretchen she was not friendly and distant . I just had a common sense feeling about her. Anyway when I heard about the t murder and was shocked such a talented and good hearted person killed over a little money shame on u evil hearted girl hope u have many lovely days in prison. Luv u big Dave I still have my pictures memory's. Hope to see u in heaven , your friend forever
Kelli - Cousin

Bixby, OK

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Jun 25, 2014
 
Vicki wrote:
She is my friend and if you truly knew her you'd know she isn't capable of something this that! She loved David and all married people have trouble at times but that doesn't mean she had anything to do with his murder! She is a good person and has been slandered all over the place, David wouldn't want this for her! He was a wonderful man and his true killers are out there maybe someone should focus on that fact!
I'm so glad that David is being remembered for the wonderful man that he was in your defense of his murderer. If certain facts could be explained in a logical way I'm sure many people would be able to walk away from your "friend" as the obvious killer. Such as: 1. David was shot answering his front door by an unknown assailant. The problem with this fact is he was supposed to be attending an event that night and only a handful of very close individuals knew he cancelled at the last minute. 2. Affairs had by Gretchen were very well known and numerous. As much as David loved and adored her, it was not all all reciprocated. There is no denying the fact that she was very unhappy with her marriage or these indiscretions would not have occurred. 3. Financial motive is beyond probable at this point. Life insurance and her inherited portion of David's construction business made her instantly a very wealthy woman. 4. Confessions by the gunmen is about the biggest sign of her guilt in the entire case. BOTH men involved pointed the finger directly at Gretchen for financial gain. They both admitted to police that they were paid to kill David by Gretchen. Unfortunately in the state of Louisiana the prosecutors must present physical evidence in support of the claims made by any co-conspirators. Which leads me to the last fact being discussed. 5. Gretchen did not call the police with her first phone call after she "discovered" David's body. She called her father who was a member of the ascension parish sheriffs office who immediately ran to the scene and was caught by Livingston parish authorities inside of the crime scene moving documents and other items. What seasoned police officer would ever do something to deliberately containment a crime scene? Or even enter the scene before the proper authorities arrived? So I implore any supporters of Gretchen to give explanation to these facts and we can finally lay this to rest. This is a phrase I chose very carefully because my uncle Jim passed away very recently and we laid him to rest without ever putting that monster Gretchen behind bars were she undoubtedly belongs. Now there seems to be two injustices that she will pay for when she stands before her final judge of which she can never escape

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