Reward Rises, Search Continues For Bardstown Officer's Killer

Reported by: Amanda Stevenson
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Updated: 5/29/2013 5:59 am
Jason Ellis's murderer is still out there. But before his family and community can lay him to rest, they're upping the ante to find the person who took his life.

More than $22,000 has been raised in reward money, including a $10,000 donation from Bardstown's Mayor Bill Sheckles, to find Officer Ellis's killer.

That number keeps growing, but the number of suspects hasn't.

"We have no suspect. No motive. Nothing to go on at this point," said Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin in a press conference earlier in the week. He added that the ambush wasn't random; officers are reviewing every case involving the slain officer, each of the estimated one thousand, because they believe Ellis's murder was personal.

"Paybacks are one thing. Hating a cop is one thing. But what happened here is way over the line," said McCubbin, "You just don't get revenge on the police officer...you crush an entire family."

"I've laid on the bathroom floor. I did not want to live another second without him...but I don't have the strength to pray right now. But I know that many others are praying for me and our family," said Amy Ellis, Jason Ellis's wife.

She said she and her two young sons are trying to stay strong.

"He got hurt yesterday, and that's when he started letting it all out. He just screamed and screamed and screamed--he wanted his daddy. And we all sat there and cried with and said we know. We do, too," she told reporters.

Because Officer Ellis was a K-9 unit, police are retiring his dog and donating it to the family.

"His young boys have grown up with the dog," said Mayor Sheckles, "That's their one last connection to the Bardstown Police Department."

But it's not the last thing police plan to do.

"I want a good solid case that puts people away for life. Or the death penalty," said Chief McCubbin.

Ellis's visitation is Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. at Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown. His funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m.

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