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Case against one defendant charged in Mt. Vernon cab driver murder moving to juvenile court

August 8, 2017
MT. VERNON — A ruling in Jefferson County Court on Monday has transferred a local murder case to juvenile court.
Court reports indicate that Resident Judge Jo Beth Weber ruled in favor of a defense motion seeking to transfer the case of 21-year-old Christopher Wells to juvenile court citing recent changes to the law.  Wells, who was 15 at the time, is one of four men charged for the 2011 murder of 75-year-old local cab driver Charles Ellis.
Wells pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in 2012 for his role in the crime but was charged as an adult.
Two other men charged in the case have already been sentenced for their roles with Damondros James sentenced to 50 years for first-degree murder and Demandre Black sentenced to 20 years for aggravated battery with a firearm.

Three other men charged in connection with Ellis’ murder were Damondros James, Demandre Black, and Mark Taylor Jr.

James pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to 50 years in prison, while Black pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Taylor is awaiting trial on three counts of first-degree murder.

 

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