BA man charged in stabbings — (Tulsa World)

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Tulsa World

Saturday, October 19, 2002

Author: CARY ASPINWALL World Staff Writer

A man who is accused of fatally stabbing and mutilating his mother and stepfather last weekend was charged Friday with murder.

Darren Craig Ellis, 27, faces two counts of first-degree murder for the slayings of Margaret and Troy Hefley.

Police discovered the Hefleys’ decapitated and disemboweled bodies Sunday at their Broken Arrow apartment after receiving a 911 call from Ellis stating that he had killed his parents and needed police help, court records show.

An affidavit filed earlier this week by Broken Arrow police gave details of a gruesome crime scene.  Ellis has been hospitalized since he was found Sunday with a self-inflicted stab wound, police said.

First Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond said Ellis was set to be discharged from the hospital Friday. He was booked into the Tulsa Jail on Friday night, records show.

The District Attorney’s Office has not decided whether it will seek the death penalty for Ellis, Drummond said.

A search warrant filed Friday shows that police collected from the apartment several knives and the prescription antidepressant Celexa and a sack that had contained Celexa and the anti-psychotic medication Risperdal.

Ellis apparently had been living with his mother and step-father since his release from prison in June.

He previously served time in prison for grand larceny, possession of a controlled substance and escaping from prison, court records show.

He also was convicted of mailing threatening letters to Creek County officials in 1998.

Since his release from prison, Ellis had been charged with a number of traffic violations and had also been detained for mental observation, police said.

Remarks he made to police following an automobile accident on Sept. 10 led to an emergency order of detention and treatment for Ellis, police said.

Cary Aspinwall, World staff writer, can be reached at 581-8369 or via e-mail