FREEPORT (WIFR) -- A freeport man plead guilty to murder, nearly three decades after the crime and just days before the 1987 case is expected to go to trial.
The Freeport Journal Standard is reporting David Ellis, 60, was supposed to face a judge on Monday. Ellis was arrested in October 2013 for Hugh Plata's death. According to the paper he pleaded guilty to one count of first degree murder and will spend 24 years in prison. In exchange the state dropped five other charges, including robbery.
Investigators say he stabbed Plata to death but wasn't arrested until DNA was recently re-run through an updated system.
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.