Man, 21, charged in death of father

A 21-year-old man was charged yesterday with killing his father May 31, the same day the son returned home to Baltimore after serving four years in the Marines, police said.

Charles Edward Ellis Jr. was charged yesterday morning with first-degree murder and a handgun violation in the shooting death of Charles Edward Ellis Sr., police said.


The motive for the slaying was a dispute the two men had just before

the shooting, police said.


Witnesses reported seeing a man in a speeding car that was chasing Charles Ellis Sr.'s car in the 5600 block of Loch Raven Blvd. about 7 p.m. on the night of the murder, police said.

Investigators said as the chase continued on the road toward the emergency room at Good Samaritan Hospital, someone fired several gunshots at the elder Ellis' car. Charles Ellis Sr. was hit by at least one of the bullets and his car crashed into a light pole directly in front of the emergency room, police said.

Charles Ellis Sr. was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The other car fled before police arrived.

The younger Ellis was charged yesterday, police said. A second man was still being sought last night.

Charles Ellis Jr. had been stationed at a Marine base in California for four years and was discharged on May 26. He had come home to Baltimore on the day the slaying occurred, police said.

Ellis family members would not comment yesterday.