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Then 19-year-old witness recalls officer's murder

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- A plea from a man who saw a Cincinnati police officer shot and killed tries to help keep the two men convicted in the crime locked up.

The parole board rejected Russell Bell and Wayne Reed's bid to get out of prison.  They were convicted in the shooting death of Officer Charles Burdsall in a King Kwik parking lot in 1978.
Local 12 spoke exclusively with David Mellon who was riding with Officer Burdsall that night.  Mellon was 19-years-old at the time and hoped to become a police officer.
After killing Burdsall, Reed shot Mellon in the back.  Mellon told Local 12 in July how he picked up the officer's weapon and fired at the getaway car.

Reed and Bell will next be up for parole in July of 2019.

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