UPDATE: Man arrested – Police investigate Woodford Avenue homicide

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Bowling Green police are investigating a Saturday morning homicide on Woodford Avenue.

Desmon Cunningham, 32, was found deceased outside of his home Saturday morning, Warren County Coroner Kevin Kirby said.

He had a single gunshot wound to his upper torso, Bowling Green Police Department Officer Ronnie Ward said.

Illinois State Police arrested a man near Mt. Vernon, Ill.  Harold M. Bell, 52, 1420 Virginia Ave., is being held in an Illinois jail on a Kentucky murder warrant in Cunningham’s death.

Kirby’s staff will take Cunningham’s body Sunday to the state medical examiner’s office in Louisville for an autopsy.

Police were on the scene with advanced crime scene processors as of 10 a.m.


Police now tell WNKY the incident occurred after a fight between the suspect, 52-year-old Harold Bell and the victim, 32-year-old Desmon Cunningham.

Officials say the two were actually family friends.

“He took good care of his babies. He’s a good man!” cried one family member on the scene.

“He’s not coming back! Stop it!” said another family member, trying to console another.

“We have a chaplain’s program and we contacted our chaplains and had them respond to the scene to help with the family. There was another local preacher who went to church with some of the family. He was a big help in helping to give comfort to the family and to try to help them cope with what has happened right there at their home,” said Bowling Green Police Officer Ronnie Ward.

Bell already has a lengthy criminal history.

He had pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in 2017.

Bell was also on probation at the time of the shooting and had a probation revocation hearing scheduled June 30 in Warren Circuit Court with Judge John Grise, according to online court records.