Teen found fit to stand trial in murder of Mt. Vernon cab driver

Published: Jan. 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM CST
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Charles Ellis
Charles Ellis
Police were called to 6th and Bell St. and found Ellis' vehicle.
Police were called to 6th and Bell St. and found Ellis' vehicle.

MT. VERNON, IL (KFVS) - One of four teens facing murder charges for the shooting death of a taxi cab driver in Mt. Vernon was found fit to stand trial.

A Jefferson County judge ruled Christopher Wells, 16, is fit to stand trial for the May 31, 2011 killing of Charles Ellis.

Ellis was found dead in his cab after having been shot in the back during what police suspect was an attempted robbery.

Wells was previously found not fit to stand trial, but Wednesday a treatment provider submitted a report indicating that Wells is now fit to stand trial.  The judge entered an order in support of that finding.

Damondros Q. James of Mt. Vernon, Christopher A. Wells of Mt. Vernon, Demandre D. Black of Swansea, and Mark Anthony Taylor Jr. of Mt. Vernon are all charged with three alternative counts of first degree murder.

Well is being held behind bars in the Franklin County detention center on a $3 million bond.  He is expected back in court on Jan. 18 at 9:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, Damondros James is set for trial on Jan. 24. James has pleaded not guilty.

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