Allen David Bell
Allen David Bell
A Neshoba County man on Monday pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2017 beating death of his wife in a drunken rage while they were visiting Noxubee County.

The man, Allen David Bell, 37, of the Bogue Chitto community, pleaded guilty in Noxubee County Circuit Court.

Bell admitted killing his wife, Nikita Nicole Wilson, 30, in a drunken rage while visiting friends in the Mashulaville area on July 23, 2017. 

Bell agreed with the Noxubee District Attorney’s account of the incident that led to Wilson’s death – that an argument escalated to the point that he started beating her head against the tailgate of a pickup truck. She died soon thereafter from the head injuries and was dumped in a ravine.

Bell was indicted by a Noxubee County grand jury in September 2018 and has been held without bond in the Noxubee County Jail since then. 

Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens on Monday delayed sentencing for Bell until January 20, 2020, in Lowndes County Circuit Court in Columbus. The judge ordered Bell to be held without bond until sentencing.

Noxubee County deputies arrested Bell in May 2018 following a months-long investigation by Choctaw Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and Noxubee and Kemper county sheriff's departments, officials said at the time. 

During the long investigation, authorities were unsure where Wilson’s murder had taken place, leading to several departments investigating the case. 

The Noxubee County Sheriff's Department confirmed in August 2017 the identity of Wilson’s body found in a ravine on Butler Road south off Mashulaville off Mississippi 490 near Shuqualak. Mashulaville is about 14 miles west of Macon on Mississippi 14 and about 44 miles northeast of Philadelphia.

Wilson had been reported missing July 11 from the Pearl River community in Neshoba County, according to reports at that time.

Authorities say they believe Wilson was beaten to death at another location and then dumped in the ravine.

A Choctaw Police missing person notice at the time of her disappearance said she was last seen on July 11, 2017, at 10:30 p.m. “walking from the Choctaw Central High School towards the government quarters housing area in the Pearl River Community.” 

At the time of her death, her friends remembered Wilson fondly.

“Nikita was always full of smiles, laughter, and love!!” Ashton Nicole wrote on Wilson’s Facebook page in September 2017 letting her Choctaw Central classmates know about her death. “She will always be remembered by those who adored her! Whether you knew her as a best friend, friend, or someone you passed in the hallways at school, Nikita never knew a stranger!!”

She was a former guest room attendant at Pearl River Resort, studied office system technology at East Central Community College and was a graduate of Choctaw Central High School.

The Macon Beacon contributed to this report.