EC man indicted in motorist's shooting


Stephon Ellis


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A 30-year-old Elizabeth City man has been indicted by a Pasquotank grand jury on a charge of attempted murder in the shooting of a motorist in the Massachusetts Avenue area in June.

Stephon Ellis, of the 800 block of North Road Street, was indicted July 30 on charges of trying to kill Darryl Mullen. Ellis also faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and discharging a weapon into occupied property.

According to the indictment, Ellis fired a .40 caliber handgun at Mullen on June 4 as Mullen, 27, was driving a Nissan Sentra in the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue.

Detective Kevin Burgess, of the Elizabeth City Police Department, said in an affidavit that officers responded to a report of shots fired on Massachusetts Avenue on June 4 about 5:15 p.m. When they arrived, they found Mullen lying unconscious in his car. Mullen had suffered gunshot wounds to his neck, shoulder and chest. 

Several empty shell casings were found on the ground by the car, Burgess’s affidavit states. There is evidence to suggest Ellis may have touched those casings, according to the affidavit.

Mullen also later identified Ellis as the person who shot him, Burgess’s affidavit states.

Ellis remains in custody at Albemarle District Jail in lieu of a secured bond of more than $2 million. No trial date has been set in the case.

According to court documents, Ellis was convicted in April in Pasquotank County of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Sentara Healthcare spokesman Dale Gauding said he could not provide any information about Mullen's medical status.

Gauding said Mullen, after being brought to Sentara for treatment, was classified a “no-information patient,” meaning Mullen's relatives asked Sentara not to disclose any information about his condition.