Trouble seems to run the Bell family. The mother of former Jena 6 defendant Mychal Bell was arrested on Tuesday for contempt of court on a charge of failure to pay child support according to The News Star, a Louisiana newspaper. Melissa Bell, 39, is the mother of Mychal Bell was one of six black teenagers charged with attempted murder and conspiracy in connection with the beating of a white classmate at Jena High School in 2006. Mychal Bell, the only one of the Jena 6 to have his case resolved, eventually pleaded guilty to battery in juvenile court. Bell was accused of shoplifting on December 24, and shot himself just five days later as part of a self-described suicide attempt. —BB
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