Although the case currently remains under investigation, officials at the Brazil City Police Department confirmed to The Brazil Times that Patrolman John Goldner initially responded to a domestic dispute at a residence in an area near North Ashley Street around 5 a.m., Sunday. Clay County Sheriff's Department Deputies Brison Swearingen and James Switzer provided backup.
BCPD Captain Terry Harrison said officers found an unidentified female victim with apparent signs of a physical altercation and a male at the scene.
After talking with the female, the officers took Stephen Ellis, 43, Brazil, into custody on preliminary battery and domestic battery charges and transported him to the Clay County Justice Center for booking.
Once officers completed a routine search of the residence with the victim's approval, the victim allegedly told officers there were drugs and stolen items inside the home.
After obtaining a search warrant, officers went back inside the residence and located marijuana, marijuana cigarette stubs and undisclosed drug paraphernalia.
Officers also located an undisclosed amount of guns. However, during a routine check of the weapon's serial numbers, officers discovered that none of the weapons have been reported stolen.
The additional charges of possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, hash oil and/or hashish and possession of marijuana under 30 grams was added to Ellis' preliminary booking information.
On Monday, after reviewing the case, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office filed formal charges against Ellis in Clay Superior Court. The charges include class C felony criminal confinement (if convicted is punishable with up to 2-8 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine) and three class A misdemeanor charges (if convicted is punishable with up to 1 year imprisonment and a $5,000 fine per charge) including, domestic battery, battery resulting in injury and possession of marijuana.
On Tuesday, Ellis appeared before Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers, who scheduled a pre-trial hearing for Dec. 22 and a tentative jury trial date for March 16, 2009.
Jail officials confirmed that Ellis remains incarcerated on a $10,000 cash bond (with 10 percent allowed) awaiting further court proceedings per the court calendar.