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Man indicted for murder of Garfield Heights mother who was inside car with her 2 children

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Posted at 12:28 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 12:28:57-05

CLEVELAND — A 34-year-old man has been indicted for the murder of a 33-year-old woman, fatally shot in Cleveland while in the car with her two children, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.

Ellis Wilson was charged with the murder of Breyana Presley, and is facing additional charges, authorities said.

Presley was in a car with Wilson, with her 12-year-old and 8-month-old daughters in the backseat, around 1 a.m. They were traveling on Interstate 77 in the southbound lanes near Harvard Avenue, according to police.

According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Wilson and Presley argued as she was driving and Wilson shot her multiple times before the vehicle came to a stop.

Presley was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, according to police.

The two children were transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation. Neither were injured during the incident, authorities said.

Wilson ran out of the car following the incident and police found him hiding nearby in the brush along the freeway, where he was then arrested.

Wilson has been charged with one count of aggravated murder, one count of murder, one count of felonious assault, two counts of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and one count of having weapons under disability.

Now being held at the Cuyahoga County Jail on a $1 million bond, Wilson will be arraigned at a later date and faces a maximum term of life in prison if convicted.

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