RICHMOND, Ky. (LEX 18) – Two men charged in the connection with the murder of Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis are due in court late this afternoon in what could be a major development in the case.
LEX 18 has learned that a plea deal is possible in the works.
The family of the slain Richmond Police Officer has expressed their displeasure with the deal. Officer Ellis was investigating an armed robbery in November 2015 when he was ambushed.
Raleigh Sizemore, a convicted felon on parole, is accused of firing the fatal shot. Gregory Ratliff, who police say was in the house knowingly allowed the officer to walk into danger.
If a plea is entered, both men could avoid the death penalty.
Officer Ellis’ brother Eric expressed his displeasure on social media.
"You will see a gift to the murderers of a true patriot, my brother, Daniel Ellis. You see, the State feels his life and every other officer killed in the line of duty, isn’t worth using what the law allows them to do," he wrote.