In 1997, former Beckwith Elementary School Principal Edgar W. Friedrichs Jr. invited two of his former students on a fishing trip along the New River.
Eight years later, Friedrichs
was convicted of killing Bell and sentenced to life in prison.
The suit also named a Pennsylvania principal who recommended Friedrichs
for a teaching job in West Virginia.
In their suit, the Pascocciellos said the two school systems failed to protect young boys from Friedrichs
, a known threat.
Police and investigators later discovered chloroform in Bell's body and receipts that showed Friedrichs
had bought chloroform.
Several of Friedrichs
' former students testified in various hearings that Friedrichs encouraged them to see who could drink juice he
poured for them the fastest.Several of the students testified the juice tasted bitter, and they awakened feeling like they had been drugged.
In 2002, Friedrichs
was convicted of sexually abusing some of his
former students at Beckwith Elementary School
.During that trial, a man testified that when he was a student in Pennsylvania, Friedrichs molested him.Friedrichs
was never charged with abusing any students in Pennsylvania.
...Friedrichs' guardian, Fayetteville lawyer Jim Keenan, said Friedrichs has been declared a pauper.
Claims against Friedrichs
were also released in exchange for the settlement.
Earlier, Jeremy Bell's family settled a lawsuit against Friedrichs
in Fayette Circuit Court.