Officers responded to 797 N. Daisy Lane in West Fayetteville around 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning for a reported armed person. According to a police report, the mother of the victim reported that her ex-son in law was at the house armed with a gun. When officers arrived they spoke with a neighbor who had called 911, and learned that the victim was possibly injured inside the house.
Once on scene, police say they found Dorothy Kelley laying on the kitchen floor with multiple stab wounds. Before being transported to Washington Regional Medical Center and rushed into surgery, investigators say she was able to identify her ex-husband, 39-year-old Jessie Undre Ellis, as the person that had stabbed her and had also attempted to shoot her and her mother with a pistol.
"The police were everywhere, they were running out with the baby and the grandmother was coming out holding her face... They were bringing her out to the ambulance she was bleeding real bad... Nobody really heard any noise because the neighbors right beside them never came out. It was like it happened so fast," said neighbor Joe Richardson.
Police then began their search for Ellis. Officers said his car was found near the area of I-540 and Johnson City exit. Inside the car, they said they could see a large kitchen knife that was covered in blood and was bent. The vehicle was towed to a secure lot to be searched after a search warrant was obtained. Based on the statements given by the victim and her mother, an arrest warrant was obtained for Ellis as well.
Interviews led investigators to an apartment near 12th Street and Washington Avenue, where they say they found Ellis hiding and placed him under arrest. According to the report, Ellis told officers he planned on turning himself in later Sunday night. During an interview with authorities, Ellis denied stabbing the victim or pointing a gun at her or her mother. He claimed the victim and her mother had come after him with knives and he had merely tried to take a knife away from the victim.
The report goes on to state officers recovered a .380 pistol and loaded magazine at 797 Daisy Lane when they executed a search warrant of the residence. A check of the gun through ACIC revealed the gun had been stolen in a burglary that occurred in Fayetteville in October.
Ellis is now being held in the Washington County Jail facing several charges including Attempted Capital Murder, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, 1st Degree Battery and Theft by Receiving.
Officers say the victim's three kids are safe and staying with relatives. As of Sunday night, authorities tell us Kelley is out of surgery at the hospital but remains in critical condition. Now, neighbors are still feeling uneasy and hoping that the victim makes a full recovery.
"We're kind of cautious now and a little bit scared because we have kids in this neighborhood... It's really sad and tragic. I hope she ends up being okay."