A 37-year-old man who as a boy shot a man in the Old Market and held an allegiance to the Crips street gang slashed to death a salesman in his Dundee house in May, law enforcement authorities alleged Friday.
Sha'Ron A. Ellis was charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the killing of Charles A. Keathley, 50, inside 5117 Capitol Ave.
Police have declined to release the cause of Keathley's death, but his death certificate indicates that he bled to death after he was repeatedly stabbed. His body was found May 30.
Prosecutors charged another man, Christopher R. Myers, 39, with being an accessory to a felony in the case.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine declined Friday night to answer questions about motive.
Tom Keathley, a brother of the victim, said he was grateful for detectives' "hard work in breaking the case." "We're all very relieved," he said.
The investigation was primarily worked by Homicide Unit Detective Thomas Queen.
Ellis was in a hospital Friday night under police guard and will be booked when he is released. A police spokeswoman did not explain why Ellis was at a hospital.
Ellis and a woman, Antwanette Tyson, 24, were shot together in August at 29th and Spencer Streets, police said. Keathley's 2007 C280 Mercedes-Benz was stolen from his driveway at the time of his killing, according to a police report.
Keathley, who worked in telecommunications sales, was divorced and the father of two teenage children.
In July 1993, Ellis shot Jeffrey Rabe at 11th and Howard Streets and was sentenced to 10 to 21 years in prison. He was released in June 2004.
Rabe was with friends who were trying to repossess a car from a friend of Ellis' when he was shot. He was 21 and paralyzed below his chest. He committed suicide five years later.