Live Oak man arrested for killing father

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A Live Oak man was arrested Friday morning after he admitted to killing his father.

Alton Ellis
Suwannee County Jail Alton Ellis

According to a Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) release, the SCSO Communications Center received a 911 call on Friday morning regarding a person injured at a residence in the 4000 block of 89th Road in Live Oak.

When deputies arrived, they discovered Norman Ellis, 89, was deceased after suffering blunt force trauma to the head.

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Ellis’s son, Alton Ellis, 59, was at the scene and reportedly made several spontaneous statements to the deputies and admitted he had harmed his father. He later stated, in a post-Miranda interview with SCSO investigators, that he killed his father following a verbal dispute.

Alton Ellis was arrested and charged with homicide. He is in the Suwannee County Jail.

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