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Your District Attorney
Ted Bell was born in rural Pennsylvania, the son of a police officer and a nurse. At 19 he joined the Army and became a helicopter pilot. He served seven years stationed at various posts in the Republic of Korea and the U.S., including Ft. Bragg. Ted attended UNC-Chapel Hill for undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science and then received his law degree from UNC as well. After practicing labor and employment law i
n Birmingham, Alabama, he and his family returned to North Carolina. In 2008, he became an Assistant District Attorney in District 29A. Ted and his wife, an anesthesiologist, have two daughters. In his free time, Ted is a competitive pistol shooter and hunter and is also a licensed falconer.