New Details Surface about Shocking Clovis Murder

May 13, 2008 7:36:53 PM PDT
Investigators say Charlotte Ellis died earlier this month because her estranged husband Cantrell Ellis stabbed her to death. The man is in jail. His family always maintained this is a crime of passion. Action News found court documents that indicate the suspect made spontaneous and possibly incriminating statements after he was arrested.

A boarded up window blocks most light from entering the scene of Charlotte Ellis' murder. Cantrell Ellis is accused of breaking in and killing his wife in her master bedroom. Her final moments are detailed in more than a dozen pages of a search warrant and affidavit. Investigators indicate Clovis dispatchers received a frantic 911 call on May 2, 2008 after midnight. The document states: "Clovis police department dispatch could hear objects breaking in the background and also could hear the female screaming before the phone conversation was disconnected."

When investigators arrived at Charlotte's Clovis home, they found her husband with blood on his arms and hands. The victim was lying in bed stabbed multiple times. An officer asked Cantrell what was happening. According to court documents the suspect said, ".. you know what's going on, a husband comes home and finds his wife in bed with another man."

The suspect's family has never publicly spoken about the crime. In private they said Ellis caught his wife having an affair and lost control. They say Cantrell Ellis is not a cold blooded killer. Ellis makes another court appearance later this week and is expected to plead not guilty. Action News tried numerous times to contact the victim's family, but they have never returned our phone calls.


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