Man charged in abduction, killing of 26-year-old Rutherford County woman


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    A stranger accused of kidnapping and fatally shooting a Rutherford County woman in February 2018 now faces charges.

    Ellis Lee Bell III, 38, of Nashville, was indicted on murder charges in connection to the death of Katelyn Ervin, 26, of Arkansas Court.

    Detectives say Ervin was at her home on February 27, 2018 when Bell broke into the family house, stole items including guns and abducted her.

    "Ellis Bell drove the victim to a remote location where he shot her and left her for dead,” said lead Detective Sgt. Steve Craig.

    Family members reported Ervin missing later in the day. Her body was discovered six days later.

    Investigators say there is "zero indication" Ervin and Bell had ever met or communicated prior to February 27, 2018.

    Bell was arrested on state and federal charges the same night and remains in custody at Grayson County Detention Center in Leitchfield, Ky.

    “Since Bell had been in jail since the date of the murder, time was the one thing we had on our side,” Craig said. “We were able to use that time to secure a very good amount of information and facts regarding what took place that day.”

    Bell was previously convicted of multiple burglaries, thefts and weapons charges, according to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.

    Following the investigation into Ervin's death, Bell was charged with first-degree murder, felony murder, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape, especially aggravated robbery, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, possession of a weapon during a dangerous felony, employment of a weapon during a dangerous felony, aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated burglary.

    Bell is expected to appear in court on March 18.



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