Kelvin Ellis knew on the afternoon of October 5th that a female acquaintance of his had met with FBI agents for questioning about voter fraud. That is when the East St. Louis top administrator and excon took action. He first talked of keeping her quiet but the taped conversations with an undisclosed witness quickly got more sinister.
“I want her credibility destroyed,” Ellis is reported to have said. She is “trying to destroy us. No telling what she’s saying.”
Ellis worked on a plan to plant one-half ounce of crack cocaine on the witness and have her arrested.
As the weeks passed, the conversations turned more sinister, with Ellis saying on Nov. 19, “I want her … taken out, however we have to do it.”
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The talk shifted from a set-up to Ellis’ alleged instructions to “dispose of her.”
The other person showed Ellis a photograph “depicting what appeared to be the murdered” witness, the indictment states. The other person told Ellis, falsely, she was thrown to the bottom of Horseshoe Lake in Madison County, Illinois.
According to the indictment, Ellis also tried to corruptly influence several witnesses to invoke their right to remain silent when they appeared before a grand jury in November. For all this alleged activity, including the attempted murder accusations, he faces four charges of obstruction of justice.
Ellis the democrat committeemen is being held in jail in southern Illinois. Yesterday in his first court appearance:
Ellis, 55, showed up wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, sporting a new haircut, and smiling at family members and supporters who sat in the audience. He faces four counts of obstruction of justice concerning a vote fraud investigation that, according to his indictment, began on Oct. 5 when a woman met with federal agents and implicated Ellis in vote fraud. Ellis is a Democrat precinct committeeman.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith said he plans at the bond hearing today to play tapes of Ellis’ alleged conversations with an informer. Excerpts of those tapes indicate that Ellis first tried to discredit the witness and then plotted to have her killed.