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Reporter's Views on an Innocent Man - Myi'Son Ellis

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Myi’Son Ellis is a family-oriented individual. He is the father of two who spends his time caring for his children the best he can. He frequently includes his mother in his writings to express his gratitude for her. He was adored by family and associates and one of the many African American men incarcerated for criminal acts who were falsely convicted. On the first day of. New responsibilities, Ellis was prepared for a new beginning. He asked his mother to share with her that he had enjoyed his first day. Things were progressing in his favor. He woke up with a positive attitude and anticipation of what the day had in store for him — by noon he was labeled armed and dangerous and wanted for homicide.

The Georgia Involuntary Project for Innocence estimates that 4-6% of inmates are actually innocent. The U.S. census agency reports that the percentage of African Americans in the population is only 13%, but they account for 40% of the prison population and 60% of the total number of exonerations in the country via DNA. The National Register of Exonerations reports that African Americans are 7.5 times more likely to be convicted of murder incorrectly in the U.S. than whites, and 80% more likely to be innocent than others convicted of the crime. They observed these statistics to be more deplorable if the victim was white.

That was the catalyst for our nightmare. I've forsaken all belief in the justice system.]" Scott recounted how Ellis' return from his first day to his only child was accompanied by the horrors that occurred during his absence. Their family attempted to unite in order to find out the cause of this murder and to exonerate Myi’Son of any guilt.

At the time of the murder, Myi’Son was engaged to Karen Farmer for approximately two months, Scott says. "Myi'son" attempted to assist Karen when he encountered her. She is a single mother with two children, Daniel Farmer and Lucretia Robinson living with her. They reside in a deplorable living situation." Myi'son had acquaintances visit the residence to attempt to clean it up as best they could. He intended to demonstrate to her a more fulfilling way of life.

As a result, he realized that his relationship with Farmer was unlikely to lead to a fulfilling outcome. Ellis returned to his 3-bedroom, 2-bath home. he moved to his Waynesboro residence with his son and two dogs in order to rejuvenate. When Ellis returned to the Farquhar County home of Farmer, the latter called Ellis begging for forgiveness. She was expecting and claimed that the child was his. Ellis was told by the farmer that her previous children’s fathers had abandoned her in order to take care of their own sons, she requested that Ellis not follow suit. Today, the identity of the father is still unknown.

She [Farmer] along with Lucretia Robinson," Scott described Robinson as a codefendant and individual allegedly having sex with Farmer's mother. "Told law enforcement that Myi'son told them he had shot and killed 18-year-old Lincoln Williams Jr." Farmer and Robinson then claimed that Ellis allegedly shot Williams in order to steal his backpack that contained drugs. Robinson continued to explain that Ellis drove Lincoln to his home, Ellis was in the vehicle. When Robinson reported the crime to the authorities, she described how she awaited Ellis' completion of the robbery of Williams at the car, she also smoked during that time. The following day, after the murder occurred, authorities asked Robinson to direct them to where she had discarded the cigarettes.

She was unable to provide an answer to them. Robinson reported that Ellis threw clothing debris out the window as they left the scene. The two then allegedly waited for signs to calm down in the unsuspecting driveway of a careless neighbor. When questioned, the neighbor recalled. They have no recollection of having sent that car. Scott acknowledges that despite the FBI, local law enforcement, animals and search drones, no evidence of Robinson's theft was found to support his account. When questioned, Scott recalled how local law enforcement attempted to collect information from her home and then Ellis's. Robinson and Farmer privately confessed to the police that the backpack missing from Williams Jr. was conceivable at either residence.

Ellis' residence lacked anything stolen, but Scott's residence they took spare clothing Ellis had, along with clothing belonging to his child. Dirty laundry, an iPad, and a pair of Scott's pants. They discovered drugs at Karen and Lucretia's residence, they were never indicted for the crime—instead, they received a testimonial against Myi'son in exchange.

Daniel Farmer was on trial and had the right to remain silent, he invoked this right. During Ellis' trial in March, prosecutors alleged that Farmer recruited Ellis in order to rob Williams, despite the fact that Ellis ultimately fired the shot. No one has admitted that Daniel Farmer is innocent.

Everyone testified that he had a role. He employed someone to assist him," Abigail Owens, an assistant prosecutor for the Commonwealth, said. She reported on the Farquier. Myi’Son's conviction was based solely on the testimony of witnesses. No physical evidence was found to associate Ellis with the crime. Evidence based on DNA was not presented, and no footprints were found.

The crime of witness perjury is characterized by Cornell Law as "willfully and knowingly lying about a significant matter". The University of Colorado Boulder reports that the incidence of perjury by witnesses is 60% of documented acquittals. In this instance, the witness and both accomplices had one common objective: to place the majority of the blame on Ellis. The national registry for exonerations documented that perjury is the most common type of evidence used to convict people falsely.

After hearing the testimonial of the witness, the jury of 12 unanimously convicted Myi’Son Ellis of the following charges: first degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, and the use of a firearm in a criminal act. Myi’Son received 51 years on his daughters 12th birthday. His son, Jyi’Son Ellis, was destitute and unable to reside in the Ellis household alone. They worked together on a business that dealt with lawns, Ellis & Son. The duo frequented the same church and every other month, the couple would travel to the local homeless encampment and participate in food donation.

Myi’Son sponsored after-school activities for his son's school and theirs. "He was the best friend he ever had, everything to him. He had friends during school hours, after school it was about about him and his dad.” Lilian Scott tells us. Sa'Myi Ellis, the youngest Ellis, began exhibiting behavioral changes after her father was sentenced. Scott described to us how by the end of the following year, she is beginning to regain her former self. Jyi'Son and Sa'Myi often have video chats with their father on a regular basis.

Breaking Through wants to honor the voices of those who have been unsuccessful in reaching their destination. We inquired with Lillian Scott about what she intended to inform the public about Elllis and his case.

This is what she had to say:

"My child is kind, loving, and caring, but he also has flaws like everyone else. Of course he has made mistakes in the past, but Jesus Christ never did, he followed the law and never broke it. He instilled in his son a morality that is based on honesty, respect, and treating women the way your family would have you treat them. He instilled his son with the ability to be self-reliant, cook, take care of the household, have daily chores, such as fixing his father for breakfast in bed, as he prepared dinner for them every evening, the end of their day would either be spent at home or visiting relatives as they all lived close to one another.

Myi’Son still takes an active role in raising both of his children during this crisis, and is completely dependent on their mother for support. His children are aware of his unjust conviction, we know that in God's time he will be back home as God intended and we must be patient and continue to pray.

I've never witnessed a court demean one of their own as much as the presiding judge did his attorney during the trial of Myi'son. Any request she made was denied, he would object to matters prior to the commonwealth. She requested to be detached from the case, she felt that she couldn't provide effective guidance to my son, as they were interrogating her on a regular basis.

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