BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A man accused of killing a 79-year-old Whitingham, Vt., woman and her 52-year-old son by shooting them in their home on Route 8A is being held without bail.
Christopher D. Ellis, 54, pleaded not guilty through his attorney Wednesday to two counts of first-degree murder and an additional charge of operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent. He was arraigned in Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division.
Judge John Treadwell ordered Ellis held without bail. Treadwell said the court would not schedule a weight of the evidence hearing until requested by the defense counsel.
In a police affidavit, Ellis described the murders as his “retirement plan.” He told investigators “he would rather be in jail than an ‘old folks’ home’ [describing] what he did as ‘calculated.'”
“I did what I did, so I’m going to, you know, I have no problem with admitting it,” Ellis said during an interview with the Vermont State Police late on the evening of Sept. 1, according to a police affidavit. “I mean, it was, it had to happen. I don’t know, I know you probably won’t understand it.”
Garvin is not on the sex offender registry. Some offenders, after a certain amount of time, can be removed from the registry if they do not have a record of reoffending.