Ellis receives $500,000 bond

Published 8:14 pm Thursday, June 26, 2014

A man arrested for attempted murder and reckless endangerment after a 2013 shooting incident appeared in court Thursday for a bond hearing.

Judge Bob Armstrong issued a $500,000 bond to Nelson Ellis, 56, 404 Caisson Drive, in circuit court Thursday afternoon. Ellis was arrested Monday evening for allegedly shooting a 20-year-old woman on the 1600 block of Vickery Street in Selma July 25, 2013 with his nephew Leon Ellis.

“We were glad for a high bond, because this guy was a flight risk,” District Attorney Michael Jackson said. “He even ended up in California at some point after he left Selma.”

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The victim suffered minor injuries, according to Selma Police.

Nelson Ellis has been on the run for nearly a year while Leon Ellis turned himself in to Selma Police within a week of the 2013 shooting.

According to Selma Police, the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force was able to locate Nelson Ellis in his girlfriend’s Memphis residence with some help from surveillance. Shortly after, U.S. Marshals arrived at the residence to take him into custody.

Nelson Ellis preliminary hearing has been set for July 8. Jackson said Attorney Cecil Fields was appointed to be his attorney at arraignment.