Natasha Ellis was fifteen years old when she planned with a thirteen year old friend to murder the friend’s mother. According to court documents Natasha Ellis would fatally stab the woman, the woman’s husband and their teenage son. The woman, Lee Moore would die from her injuries. The man and teenage son would survive the brutal attack.
Natasha Ellis would try to plead not guilty by reason of insanity but would later plead guilty to a host of charges. This teen killer would be sentenced to twenty three years to life.
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The teen girl charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of her friend’s mother in New Carlisle a year ago pleaded guilty on Thursday
Natasha Ellis, 15 at the time, was accused along with her then 13-year-old friend of orchestrating an attack on the younger girl’s family.
Ellis, now 16, was also charged with attempted murder. She pleaded guilty to both charges Thursday afternoon in Clark County Common Pleas Court. She will be sentenced on July 10.
The now 14-year-old is awaiting trial as a juvenile.
Ellis faces 15 years to life on the murder charge and 11 to 16½ years on for attempted murder. Once sentenced she will serve out her time in an adult prison after a psychological expert found earlier this year “there was not sufficient time to rehabilitate” her in the juvenile system.
Ellis had maintained her innocence up until Thursday. During her plea hearing, she hesitated when Clark County Common Pleas Judge Douglas Rastatter asked her if she understood that by signing the plea agreement she was waiving her right to a trial.
She asked Rastatter if she could speak with her lawyer before answering and he agreed to a short recess. After speaking briefly with her lawyer, she agreed that she wanted to proceed with accepting the plea agreement.
Ellis had previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the charges on Dec. 27, according to online court records. But on Feb. 25, she was found competent to stand trial after a competency evaluation at Eastway Behavioral Healthcare in Dayton found she was “not intellectually disabled or mentally ill.”
“She is currently able to understand the nature and objective of the legal proceeding and can assist in her defense,” online court records from the evaluation said. “Therefore, the court finds her competent to stand trial.”
Ellis was accused of carrying out an attack on her friend’s family members on May 23, 2019, at a home on North Church Street in New Carlisle. The friend’s mother, Lee A. Moore, 36, died in the attack. The younger girl’s father and then 17-year-old brother also were hurt, but survived.
As a result of her plea agreement, two additional charges of aggravated murder and felonious assault against Ellis were dropped. She also agreed to testify against the now 14-year-old if her case goes to trial.
Clark County prosecutors declined to comment on Ellis’ plea after the hearing, citing the fact that she has not yet been sentenced and that the 14-year-old’s case remains ongoing. Ellis’ attorney, John Meehling, also declined to comment.
Clark County sheriff’s deputies have said previously that even though Ellis may have acted alone during the attack, the planning of the attack was done in unison with the other teen.
In an interrogation video shown in a July hearing, Ellis told an investigator the 13-year-old left weapons out in the home in certain places for her to use in the stabbing. At the same hearing, a deputy told the court that Ellis told her the night of the attack the two girls were in communication up until moments before the stabbing happened.
The 14-year-old has been charged as a serious youthful offender — which could result in a mixture of juvenile and adult sentences down the line.
One of the teen girls accused in a plotting a fatal stabbing in New Carlisle has pleaded guilty in the case.
Natasha Ellis, now 16, pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder charges in a plea deal with the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office.
Ellis has been charged as an adult and originally was indicted on charges of aggravated murder, murder, attempted murder and felonious assault – but the first and last count of the indictment were dropped as part of the deal.
In addition, Ellis has also agreed to testify against her teenage co-defendant – whose case is still going through the court system in Clark County Juvenile Court.
The charges that Ellis have pleaded to carry a heavy penalty. She could potentially be in prison for the rest of her life for the crime. The murder charge alone carries a mandatory sentence of at least 15 years behind bars.
In May 2019, prosecutors say Ellis and her then 13-year-old friend plotted to kill the 13-year-old’s family, even though Ellis was the one to carry out the act.
The 13-year-old’s mother, Lee Ann Moore, was stabbed and later died.
The teen’s brother and father were also attacked, but survived.
Ellis previously made a claim in an interview with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office that her friend was being abused and killing the family was the only solution to end it, but that claim has not been verified.
Ellis is scheduled to be sentenced on July 10