Court Rejects Child Killer's Appeal

By: The Associated Press/WOWT Email
By: The Associated Press/WOWT Email

Roy Ellis Jr. was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Amber Harris in 2005. Amber's remains were found in May 2006 buried in Hummel Park.

Amber Harris

Attorneys for Ellis had argued that a lower court should not have allowed his two step-daughters to testify at his 2008 murder trial that he repeatedly raped them when they were ages 14 and 12.

The state's high court agreed in its opinion issued Friday that the lower court abused its discretion in admitting the women's testimony, but it said the state's physical evidence, including Ellis' DNA, was so strong as to make the error harmless.

Amber's mother, Melissa Harris, said even after five years, all of this is emotionally charged. “It's kind of bittersweet because you always think about Amber and of course you know you try to have the good ones, but when I think of him you have the bad memories, so this is a big relief, it's a big weight off our shoulders."

Melissa said for her, there's really no such thing as closure, that thoughts and memories of Amber never go away. She's confident Ellis will eventually receive the punishment he deserves.

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