A York County, Pennsylvania, District Judge Jan. 24 ordered a man accused of killing Indian American Aditya Anand to stand trial.
Mark Ellis, 29, of York, will stand trial on charges of criminal homicide and attempted robbery, decreed Judge Joel Toluba.
Tabitha Miller, Ellis’ girlfriend of nine years, Jan. 24 during a court appearance identified Ellis as the man in a surveillance camera photo at an Exxon gas station while on the witness stand, according to a York Daily Record report.
Anand was working at the gas station’s convenience store Oct. 17, 2017, when a person, allegedly Ellis, walked into the store a little after 5 a.m. and asked for cigarettes.
After talking, the person put his hands on the counter, pulled out a gun and fired one shot that missed, according to York City police Det. Andy Baez, the report said.
Anand put his hands up and more shots were fired, and the 44-year-old worker was later found lying in the parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds to the arm and chest (see India-West article here).
Kevin Hoffman, Ellis’ attorney, said during cross-examination that the police had received tips identifying the man in the surveillance pictures as someone else, according to the report.
“We think that the identification is suspect,” Hoffman said in the report. “The witness had a relationship with the defendant and, we believe at the time she made the identification, they were having issues.”
An arraignment is scheduled for March 2. Ellis is being held without bail in York County Prison.