Guilty plea in Officer Daniel Ellis murder case

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – Rita Creech, one of four people accused in the murder of Officer Daniel Ellis, pleaded guilty in court Friday morning to two charges.

A judge added a charge of wanton endangerment to Creech, and amended a charge of complicity to criminal facilitation to attempt first degree robbery.

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The Commonwealth’s Attorney says Creech agreed to testify against the two other suspects in the case, Gregory Ratliff and Raleigh Sizemore (charged with being an accomplice to the murder of a police officer, and murder, respectively.)

Rita Creech will be sentenced on June 23rd.

Carl Banks also appeared in court, but no agreement had been made according to the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Banks is scheduled to return to court June 22 and 1:30 p.m.

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12/9/16 2:24 p.m.

Suspects in Ellis murder case back in court

Three of the four suspects charged in a case that includes the murder of Richmond police officer Daniel Ellis appeared in a Madison County courtroom Friday morning.

According to police, Ellis was investigating a robbery in Richmond in November of 2015 when he was shot. He died days later at UK hospital from his injuries. Shortly after, police arrested four people, including those involved in the robbery Ellis was investigating.

Friday morning, Ellis’ family sat in court watching as three of the four appeared in front of a judge.

Rita Creech, accused in the robbery and hiding out in the home Ellis was shot, was denied a bond reduction.

Carl Banks, also accused in the robbery, failed to appear in court. There’s now a warrant out for his arrest.

Gregory Ratliff, accused of complicity to commit the murder of a police officer was scheduled for another status hearing in February.

It’s Raleigh Sizemore who police say shot Ellis. Sizemore was also scheduled for another status hearing in February. According to the judge, the goal is still to have the trial begin in July of next year even with the defense for Sizemore expected to request a change of venue.

The past year has been a tough one for the Ellis family.

“Due process is part of our judicial system and everybody agrees that everybody gets a fair shake but the problem we have is it just seems to be drug out for so long,” says Daniel Ellis’ father, Kelly. “Right now, everything is about them, not the victim, making sure they get a fair shake. My son didn’t get a fair shake.”