'Everything I Expected and More': Sean Ellis Officially a Free Man After Murder Charges Dropped - NECN


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'Everything I Expected and More': Sean Ellis Officially a Free Man After Murder Charges Dropped

Sean Ellis says he's no longer focused on his case or his conviction, only focused now on his life outside the courtroom



    Charges Officially Dismissed in 1993 Murder Case

    One day after it was announced by prosecutors that Sean Ellis would not be tried a fourth time in the 1993 murder of a Boston police detective, the charges against Ellis have been formally dropped, officially making him a free man.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018)

    Sean Ellis is officially a free man after the murder charges against him were formally dropped Tuesday, one day after prosecutors announced they would not put Ellis on trial for a fourth time.

    “It’s everything I expected and more,” Ellis said while standing with family at the courthouse Tuesday.

    Ellis, 44, was facing a first degree murder charge for the 1993 killing of Boston police detective John Mulligan, a crime that he was convicted on after three trials. Ellis served more than 20 years in prison for the crime until a judge overturned the conviction and released him in 2015, ruling Ellis did not receive a fair trial.

    “If there was any question about my exoneration, we would be heading to a fourth trial,” Ellis said.

    Sean Ellis Speaks Following DA's Announcement

    [NECN] Sean Ellis Speaks Following DA's Announcement

    Sean Ellie spoke Monday after Suffolk District Attorney John Pappas announced that his office is ending prosecution of Ellis for first degree murder and armed robbery in the 1993 slaying of a Boston police officer.

    (Published Monday, Dec. 17, 2018)

    But prosecutors had planned to re-try him next year, until they announced Monday they would dismiss the charges.

    Prosecutors said it was not an easy decision and that while they’ve dismissed the charges, it’s not because Ellis is innocent, but because their case is no longer as strong.

    Rosemary Scapicchio, long-time attorney for Ellis, criticized prosecutors for still presenting her client as guilty despite evidence that Boston police detectives who worked the case were later found guilty themselves of corruption.

    “Their corrupt police officers that spearheaded this investigation steered it in the direction of Sean Ellis 25 years ago and now they can’t fix it,” Scapicchio said.

    After all this time, Ellis says he’s no longer focused on the case or his conviction, but he is focused on his life out of the courtroom.

    “I’m fortunate that I’m able to be able to see my mom at one point I had a fear that she would pass away while I was in prison and I don’t have to have that fear anymore,” he said.

    Man Will Not Be Re-Tried for 1993 Boston Police Killing

    [NECN] Man Will Not Be Re-Tried for 1993 Boston Police Killing

    Sean Ellis, whose conviction for the 1993 murder of a Boston Police detective was overturned in 2015, will not face a new trial.

    (Published Monday, Dec. 17, 2018)

    Ellis says he plans to possibly return to school to pursue a degree and move forward with his life.

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