PTC man convicted of assault, rape of wife

Fri, 05/01/2009 - 3:57pm
By: John Munford

A Peachtree City man was convicted of 13 of the 15 criminal charges lodged against him in connection with an assault on his wife in their home Jan. 20.

Once the verdicts were read, Michael William Ellicott glanced in the audience briefly for a glimpse of his wife moments before he was taken back into custody.

Once he had left the courtroom, Pamela Ellicott melted into the arms of a friend as she mentally processed her victory.

Superior Court Judge Paschal A. English Jr. delayed sentencing until Monday morning at 10 a.m. Two of the counts carry a minimum sentence of life in prison.

Ellicott was found guilty of five counts of aggravated battery (family violence), four counts of aggravated assault (family violence), two counts of aggravated sodomy, one count of false imprisonment and one count of rape.

The verdict was read in court at 4:40 p.m.

Less than a half-hour before the verdict, the jury had reported they were deadlocked with a 11-1 vote on all but two charges. Judge English then read a charge to the jury urging them to reach a unanimous verdict.

Michael Ellicott testified Wednesday, denying that he ever struck or raped his wife. His testimony came after the jury was shown disturbing photos of his wife Pamela’s injuries. The photos were taken at the hospital where she was treated after police were called to their home Jan. 20.

Shown graphic images of deep bruises on various parts of Pamela Ellicott’s body, Michael Ellicott resolutely said that he did not cause any of them. He also contended that while he did not strike his wife with drumsticks as alleged, she was striking herself with the drumsticks during the incident.

Pamela Ellicott previously testified that her husband punched and kicked her on numerous occasions, but that the assault Jan. 20 in the soundproof theater room in their basement left her in fear for her life.

Pamela Ellicott said the beating was interrupted by a telephone call her husband took, and after he left the room she grabbed a cordless phone and went to a neighbor’s house for help. Michael Ellicott later testified that the phone call was from a co-worker whom he was having an extramarital affair with.

Pamela Ellicott also testified about several occasions when her husband forced her to participate in deviant sexual activity. She also said he was responsible for breaking both her wrists, one of which she recalled hearing crack as she deflected a blow he intended for her head during one assault.

Pamela Ellicott also said she still suffered from an injury to her buttocks which required surgery and makes it painful to walk.

Although the physical assaults from her husband began about a year and a half before the Jan. 20 incident, Mrs. Ellicott said she stayed with her husband and had not planned to divorce him because she still loved him.

“It wasn’t until the last year that I stayed out of fear,” Mrs. Ellicott said Tuesday.

Michael Ellicott testified that adultery on his part and on his wife’s part played a role in friction between the couple.

Michael Ellicott said several days before his arrest he had noticed red marks on his wife and encouraged her to see a psychiatrist who had previously helped her on the self-abuse matter.

A co-worker at Delta Airlines whom Michael Ellicott admitted to having an affair with testified that in December 2007 he had told her about Pamela Ellicott’s self-abuse problem.

Michael Ellicott admitted that he hoped to divorce his wife but prosecutor Warren Sellers reminded him that in his answer to Pamela Ellicott’s divorce suit he is asking for the marriage to remain intact.

“I still do love Pam. I understand the situation but I’m not happy with it,” Michael Ellicott said. “I don’t want to go to jail for 400 years sir. I thought she would come to her senses.”

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Submitted by isrealproof on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 3:32pm.

sugarfoot youbelieve in good? everibody in the world need respect everobody ...and you ayes are uneable to see who is the real victim ?...pam was a good woman ,mike was a good men and boh of them are son of god!!both ofthe come from our, OUR big faher in the sky

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Submitted by isrealproof on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 3:16pm.

poor suggarfood , who care about to tifanni's or who care about clothes in a case like that !!!come on you really have a poor heart i am so sorry for you...and i am sorry for your husband ,in the case that have ...
the father of my dauther pay for my all trip the like . business class ticket , really nice hotel and a lot ofmoney for shoping there ,money that come back to chile because who want to go shopping!!!i dont ...the fatherof my daughter read the news before me to go , and even if i was .IWAS MIKE gilfriend , he still believe he is inocent .because some of this happen when he had the divorce with his ex wife . when my daughter born so wow i cant believe why you care too much of me , of my clothes of what i sayd or what ever of me baby father have good feeling and he live in another state of usa ... so i dont even go back to chile i still in usa and with him and my baby who was with him in miami when i was in georgia ...

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Submitted by mudcat on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 4:48am.

I know serving on a jury is harder than it sounds in the paper, but 11-1 is an indication of someone out of step. Maybe just an attention seeker, but people who do stuff like that sometimes allow scum like this guy to be outside around normal people instead of in a cage like the animal he is.

Submitted by fiddle on Fri, 05/01/2009 - 6:04pm.

Maybe for the fisrt time in a long time she will be able to get a good, restful night of sleep.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Fri, 05/01/2009 - 5:29pm.

No "chopping" at Tiffany's . Poor Sandra...we all feel for chou!

We all heard 'you luff hem' I'm sure the father of your young child would luff to hear that.

As you paraded around you looked more skanky as time went on....1st a pant suit...ok... Next day...a little less formal..Last jeans ...poured on..with high heels...and a walk that looked like you were advertising! What? I can't imagine! They have much better here.

PS...If that snort is your adenoids...? please have it fixed!!!

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Fri, 05/01/2009 - 5:47pm.

for that woman...she is a selfless woman, who put her children 1st and loved her husband.

Lady, you have no reason to hang your head. In my book, you are a hero, I doubt I could have done what you did.

There is no doubt that you tried to do the very best for your kids, and had compassion your husband. I know in my heart, one day you will look back and have no regrets. You did everything any one could do.

You have everyone's respect. Again, you are stronger than I could have ever been.

I wish you well and a better life. God will give you that, I know he will.

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Submitted by CarDealer on Fri, 05/01/2009 - 4:34pm.

It does not sound like he has one once of remorse. To hell with him.
I'm just say'n...

Submitted by jevank on Fri, 05/01/2009 - 4:25pm.

Thanks for the timely article, John. Thanks to the jury for serving on a very difficult and emotional case.

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