Jamie Ellis, 42, was in custody at the Calhoun County Jail Wednesday, held on a $100,000 cash bond.
Oxford police Chief Bill Partridge said it was Jamie Ellis himself who alerted officers to his mother’s death.
Around 2:30 a.m. Monday, Jamie Ellis walked up to the communications window at the Oxford Police Department and told the dispatch clerk that he had just killed his mother, Partridge said.
“He told them he wanted someone to go check on her,” the police chief said.
When officers arrived at the house Jamie and Shirley Ellis shared in the 800 block of Bynum Cutoff Road, they found Shirley Ellis dead. It appeared she had been severely beaten and strangled, Partridge said.
The chief said Jamie Ellis told investigators that he had not taken his medication for several days and that he wanted his mother to go to heaven.
But Partridge said that HIPPA laws prevented him from releasing information about whether Jamie Ellis had any medical conditions or what medication he might have been taking.
Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown said Shirley Ellis died sometime around 2 a.m. Monday. He pronounced her dead when he arrived on scene at 6 a.m.
A preliminary autopsy report indicates that manual strangulation was the primary cause of death, Partridge said.
The chief said that Ellis did not have a history of domestic violence. In fact, court records show that Jamie Ellis had never been arrested before; his mother’s murder is the first homicide case Oxford investigators have worked in a year and a half.
Police on Wednesday were still investigating the circumstances surrounding Shirley Ellis’ death, including the relationship between the woman and her son
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