Ellis found guilty of killing Monica Box in 2016

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Updated: May 13, 2019, 9:50p.m.

Rockford man Terrell Ellis was found guilty of first degree murder after a jury says the murder was exceptionally brutal and proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Ellis faces up to life in prison and will be back in court on May 31 for sentencing.

On April 28, 2016, police responded to the 3500 block of Louisiana road where they found Monica Box badly beaten. From there she was taken to a local hospital where she died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Ellis was dating Box when she was murdered.


Published: May 9, 2019, 5:50 p.m.

A jury trial is underway for a Rockford man accused of beating his girlfriend, Monica Box, to death in April 2016.

Terrell Ellis is charged with two counts of first degree murder. He pleaded​ not guilty to the charges in 2016.

Prosecutors called Rockford police detective Vince Kelly to the witness stand. He testified that he found several items at Box's home on Louisiana Road that were stained with blood.

Kelly admits he never tested those items during cross examination.

Other evidence reviewed include surveillance video from Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall and an IHOP restaurant. Those were places Box was seen on the day she was killed.

The trial will continue friday where the defense will call witnesses to the stand.