Suspect's brother calls 911 after witnessing woman's murder

Suspect's brother calls 911 after witnessing woman's murder
(Photo Source: Marshall County Sheriff's Department)
(Photo Source: Marshall County Sheriff's Department)

MARSHALL CO., MS (WMC) - The man investigators believe is responsible for the shooting death of his girlfriend is under arrest after a high speed chase that ended in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Krystal Odum, 44, died after being shot multiple times in her home early Thursday morning, according to Marshall County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators received a call about a fight between a man and woman. They also got reports of gunshots just after 1 a.m. at a house on 173 French Road.

Kenneth Coleman, the suspect's brother, called 911 after Odom was shot. Coleman said his brother, Cedrick Ellis, had been dating Odom off and on for about one year.

"My brother Cedric shot a person. He shot the girl five times in the house," said Coleman, who lived in the house with Odom. "I didn't want to get involved in it. Like I said, 'I had to call the police officer.' I called 911."

"The victim was shot numerous times from head to toe," said Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.

After a high speed chase through New Albany and Tupelo, the suspect ran over spike strips and crashed into a women's clinic in Tupelo.

"Passed the New Albany area doing excess of 100 miles per hour where he was pursued," Dickerson added.

He was caught around 1:35 a.m. Police found a silver, automatic handgun in the rental car.

Ellis is being held in Marshall County Jail.

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