Andre Ellis Found Guilty of Raping Two Troy Women
A Troy man has been convicted of raping two Troy women last year. A Pike County jury Friday found Andre Ellis guilty on all counts.
It was an emotional moment inside the courtroom as the judge read the verdict. Andre Ellis dropped his head, and one of the victims' mothers began crying. The jury deliberated for two and a half hours before finding him guilty of two counts of rape and one count of burglary.
Andre Ellis was silent as sheriff's deputies took him back to the Pike County Jail after hearing the verdict. During the four day trial, prosecutors showed video surveillance putting Ellis' truck at Hunter's Mountain Mobile Home Estates during the rapes last March, where both he and the victims lived.
One of the victims was a Troy student, and the other a former Troy student. Investigators say the rapes happened just four hours apart. Both women took the stand to identify Ellis as their attacker.
"These girls, now that we do have a conviction, it's going to always be with them, but they'll be able to handle it differently, because they don't have to worry about whether he's out. Because they were afraid, and you could see that, that was quite obvious," said ADA Scherryl Harrison.
Prosecutors say they will seek life without parole for Ellis at his sentencing hearing later this year. He is already serving a 22-year sentence on unrelated theft and fraud charges.