Dell was convicted of second-degree murder in Detroit in 2009, for a murder that occurred in 2007. The victim's body was found in a house that she rented from Dell. The only evidence against him was the testimony of one man, who claimed to have been in the house when Dell brutally beat the victim to death, but failed to intervene, or even call the police. In fact, it was Dell who discovered the body the next day and called the police.
At the time that Dell is alleged to have committed this murder, he was out driving his cab, and in fact picked up a fare at the very moment when he was supposedly in the house committing this murder. On direct appeal of Dell's conviction, Judge William Whitbeck of the Michigan Court of Appeals noted that there was very weak evidence against Dell, and the guilty verdict was improper. However, the other two members of the appellate panel disagreed and upheld Dell's conviction.
The Michigan Innocence Clinic represented Dell in his appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court, but that Court declined to hear the case. The Clinic is now working on gathering evidence to file a motion for relief from judgment.