March 4, 2020
2 witnesses finger Ellis in Warrenton teen’s murder
Shot in the face outside his Warrenton area home, Lincoln L. Williams Jr., 18, died about an hour later Aug. 26 at Fauquier Hospital.
Lucretia Ann Robinson testified that she drove Mr. Ellis to victim’s home the night of the murder, heard a gunshot and later watched him throw something from their vehicle in Manassas.
Myi’son Ellis contends he visited his mother in Manassas while the murder near Warrenton took place and thus could not have committed the crime.
Ellis Murder Trial
• What: Aug. 26 murder of Lincoln Lamar Williams Jr., 18. Mr. Williams got shot in the face outside of his home at 5042 Old Auburn Mill Road, about five miles east of Warrenton. He died later that night in Fauquier Hospital.
• Defendant: Myi’son Ianeene Ellis, 39, of Waynesboro.
• Charges: First-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and conspiracy to commit robbery.
• Jury trial: March 2-6 in Fauquier County Circuit Court.
• Penalty: If convicted of first-degree murder, Mr. Ellis would face a sentence of 20 years to life in prison.
• Prosecutors: Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Abigail J. Owens and Amy Cassandra.
• Defense attorney: Jessica N. Sherman-Stoltz, Waynesboro.
• Judge: Herman A. Whisenant Jr.
• Jury: Seven men and seven women, including 2 alternates, selected Monday afternoon.
Two murder trial witnesses testified Tuesday that the defendant confessed to the point-blank shooting of a Warrenton-area teen last summer.
Myi’son Ianeene Ellis, 39, of Waynesboro, faces a first-degree murder charge in the Aug. 26 death of Lincoln Lamar Williams Jr. The fatal shooting took place outside Mr. Williams’ family home at 5042 Old Auburn Mill Road, about five miles east of town.
Mr. Ellis also faces use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and conspiracy to commit robbery charges in Mr. Williams’ shooting.
The scheduled five-day trial opened Monday in Fauquier County Circuit Court.
Mr. Ellis allegedly visited Mr. Williams to rob him of drugs and/or money.
One of two co-defendants in the case, Lurcretia Ann Robinson, 54, of Nokesville, told the jury that she drove Mr. Ellis to the teenager’s home the night of the murder.
While Ms. Robinson remained in the vehicle, Mr. Ellis allegedly confronted the victim outside the home.
Mr. Ellis told her that the two men got into a fight, she testified.
If not for that, “he wouldn’t have had to pop him,” Ms. Robinson said Mr. Ellis told her.
Ms. Robinson faces a conspiracy to commit robbery charge in connection with Mr. Williams’ shooting death.
Karen Farmer also testified that Mr. Ellis — her former boyfriend — admitted he shot the victim.
“He said after he shot” Mr. Williams, “Lincoln fell face forward” in the driveway, Ms. Farmer said.
But defense attorney Jessica Sherman-Stolz, tried to discredit their testimony and agued that Mr. Ellis was visiting his mother in Manassas at the time of the murder.
Ms. Farmer’s brother — Daniel Martin “Rudeboy” Farmer II, 24, of Nokesville — faces the same charges as Mr. Ellis in the case.
The prosecution rested Tuesday after calling 17 witnesses in the trial’s first two days.
The defense attorney called two witnesses Tuesday and expects more to take the stand Wednesday.
Mr. Ellis pleaded not guilty. If convicted of first-degree murder, he would face a sentence of 20 years to life in prison.
In separate hearings related to their charges, Mr. Farmer and Ms. Robinson will appear Tuesday, March 10, in circuit court.
Tuesday, March 3
• Dr. Gene Maya
Assistant Chief Medical Examiner, Virginia Department of Health
In graphic detail, Dr. Maya described the Aug. 27 autopsy that he performed on Mr. Williams’ body.
Photographs showed that a .38-caliber bullet entered Mr. Williams’ head just below his left eye and near the bridge of his nose.
The bullet travelled down the left side of Mr. Williams’ neck, through his left lung and lodged in his left “chest cavity,” Dr. Maya said.
His analysis indicated the fatal shot got fired 6 inches to 3 feet from Mr. Williams.
A key prosecution witness, Karen Farmer testified Tuesday that the defendant “pistol-whipped” the victim “in the mouth” shortly before shooting him.
But Dr. Maya said he detected “no bruising to” the victim’s “head.”
• Jason Clark
Fauquier Sheriff’s Detective
The prosecution showed the jury video of Mr. Williams entering and leaving the Warrenton Walmart store and parking lot between 10:17 and 10:26 the night of his murder.
Mr. Williams appeared to leave the store with a “plastic bag,” Det. Clark said.
The victim drove his mother’s green GMC Yukon SUV to and from the store.
Det. Clark also described his agency’s unsuccessful Sept. 19 search along Sudley Manor Road in Manassas for the murder weapon.
After Mr. Ellis allegedly stopped at Mr. Williams’ home the night of the murder, co-defendant Ms. Robinson drove the defendant to his mother’s house in Manassas.
On the way, Mr. Ellis tossed an object — perhaps a handgun — wrapped in a white T-shirt from the vehicle along Sudley Manor Road, according to Ms. Robinson.
Up to 30 FBI agents conducted another fruitless search of the area on Oct. 16 and 17, Det. Clark said.
• Cara McCarthy
Virginia Department of Forensic Science Supervisor
Ms. McCarthy examined the bullet removed from Mr. Williams’ body and two .38-caliber cartridges. Investigators recovered one cartridge outside the Williams’ home and a second in the driveway of the Farmers’ home in Nokesville.
Mr. Ellis allegedly spent the night of the murder at the Farmers’ home.
The prosecution has no murder weapon. Without one, Ms. McCarthy said it wouldn’t be possible to determine whether the same weapon fired the bullet that killed Mr. Williams and produced the two cartridges.
• Lucretia Ann Robinson
Ms. Robinson testified that she drove Mr. Ellis to victim’s home the night of the murder.
“He said, ‘You’re going to drive,’ and he had a gun with him,” which he placed in his pants, Ms. Robinson said.
Ms. Robison said she parked the SUV in a driveway next to the Williams’ home.
Mr. Ellis then left the vehicle, she testified.
“After a period of time, I heard a gunshot,” Ms. Robinson said.
Fifteen to 20 minutes later, Mr. Ellis returned to the vehicle “carrying a book bag,” she said.
Mr. Ellis and Mr. Williams allegedly tussled.
Had they not, Mr. Ellis told her that he “wouldn’t have had to pop him,” she said.
Ms. Robinson then drove to Mr. Ellis’ mother’s home in Manassas.
En route, Mr. Ellis along Sudley Manor Road threw from the vehicle a shoe and an object wrapped in a white T-shirt, Ms. Robinson said.
“The way it was shaped, I’d say it was a gun,” she said of the object.
Attempting to discredit her, Mr. Ellis’ lawyer alleged that Ms. Robinson’s statements to investigators changed over time.
Ms. Robinson acknowledged that she omitted details in initial interviews with investigators.
“In the beginning, I skimmed through what happened because I was afraid,” she told Ms. Sherman-Stoltz.
• Karen Farmer
Co-defendant Daniel Martin Farmer II’s sister, Mr. Ellis’ girlfriend
Ms. Farmer and Mr. Ellis had an on-again, off-again relationship.
During that time, Mr. Ellis maintained his Waynesboro home but also stayed at the Farmers’ Nokesville home.
Her brother, who also lived at the Nokesville home, spoke about trying to “set up” the victim to rob him of money or drugs, Ms. Farmer said.
Out of work, Mr. Ellis lacked money, she said.
“His money was short,” said Ms. Farmer, pregnant — probably with the defendant’s child. “It bothered him.”
The night of Aug. 26 — prior to the murder — her brother, Ms. Robinson and Mr. Ellis together left the Farmer home, she said.
But, Ms. Farmer said she didn’t know whether they did so together or in separate vehicles.
Mr. Ellis returned to the Farmer home sometime after 10 p.m., she said.
“I noticed he was drinking,” Ms. Farmer said. “I noticed he was upset as well.”
Mr. Ellis “finally told me” about “the incident,” she said.
Mr. Ellis told her that he “pistol-whipped” Mr. Williams “in the mouth,” she said.
“He said after he shot” Mr. Williams, “Lincoln fell face forward” in the driveway.
But, Mr. Ellis said the likelihood that Ms. Farmer soon would get sent to jail because of a parole violation upset him and not his alleged murder of Mr. Williams, according to his defense lawyer.
• Lillian Scott
Mr. Ellis visited her Manassas home between on Aug. 26 between, 10 and 10:30 p.m., according to Ms. Scott. That would placed him there around the time of the murder.
“I don’t know when he left” her home that night, Ms. Scott said. “I know it was after 10:30.”
Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Abigail J. Owens pressed Ms. Scott about why she didn’t initially give that information to investigators.
“I don’t know the law like that,” Ms. Scott said.
The witness added: “I was advised by counsel not to” discuss the matter.
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