Thursday, September 24, 2009

DNA finds helps find man alleged with decade old killing

Walter E. Ellis of Milwaukee faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the killings of Joyce Mims, 41, and Ouithreaun Stokes, 28, who were strangled a decade apart.Ellis was arrested around noon Saturday at a motel in Franklin, one day after authorities linked DNA from his toothbrush with samples found on Mims' and Stokes' bodies, according to a criminal complaint.Ellis could be charged this week in connection with some of the other killings, Milwaukee County District Attorney John T. Chisholm said.Until a news conference Monday, police had not said publicly that Ellis had been linked to the 1992 killing of Irene Smith, 25, and the 1994 murder of Carron D. Kilpatrick, 32, whose bodies were found within a block of each other.
Both women were strangled and stabbed, police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said. Their murders were linked to Ellis' DNA in the past two weeks, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn said. Police said DNA linked him to nine victims dating from 1986 through 2007
Why didn't this news story make front headlines across America. Simple, these ladies were prostitutes. Women who had no value, according to society. However, they were someone's mom, sister, aunt, because of a lifestyle they had does it give society the right to subject them to a "byline?" This story did not evolve until the Associate Press picked it up from the Milwaukee station.

Source: Associated Press

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