UPDATE: Preliminary Hearing Held for Man Arrested in Freeport Cold Case

By: WIFR Newsroom
By: WIFR Newsroom

UPDATE: The Freeport man arrested in connection to a 1987 cold case murder made his first court appearance.

A preliminary hearing was held on Thursday for David Ellis. The State filed a motion for a substitute judge and it was granted. The case will now go to Chief Judge Theresa Ursin for reassignment.


FREEPORT (WIFR) – A man has been arrested for a murder that happened 25 years ago in Freeport.

Today police arrested Davis Ellis, he’s accused of killing Hugh Plata back in November of 1987. The Freeport Police Department reopened the cold case three years ago after a request from the victim’s family. Detectives say new evidence allowed them to charge Ellis with first degree murder. He’ll be in court next Thursday.


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