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ST. LOUIS • A jury Wednesday found a St. Louis man not guilty of assaulting a fellow cellmate at the St. Louis Justice Center in 2017.

Jurors found Anthony D. Bell, 28, of the 8700 block of North Broadway, not guilty of first-degree assault in a July 15 attack that left Harold Mosley Jr., 29, in a coma.

Charges said Bell was "absolutely the only person who had access to (Mosley) between the time he was alive and well and the time he was unconscious and seriously beaten.”

Surveillance video showed that after Mosley last entered his cell before he was found beaten, Bell was the only person to come and go from the cell, police had said. Mosley was found between 6 and 8 p.m.

Bell's lawyer Erika Wurst said the jury was shown surveillance video of the men talking that morning but that the jail didn't preserve video after about 10:50 a.m. Wurst said Mosley testified that he had no memory of who attacked him or how he was injured.

At the time of the attack, Mosley was in jail for a robbery charge. Police said Bell reported finding Mosley unresponsive. Officials said the men shared a two-man cell in a unit that holds 60 men.

Bell did not testify. 

Bell has been at the jail on charges of robbery, assault and armed criminal action filed in March 2016 that said Bell robbed a man of a bag of clothing and shot him in the abdomen in the 1700 block of South Tucker Boulevard. Bell pleaded guilty to those charges in March and received a 15-year sentence.

Joel Currier is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter here: @joelcurrier.