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DNA test leads to homicide charges

September 08, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A Milwaukee man whose DNA authorities say linked him to the slayings of nine women since 1986 has been charged with two counts of homicide, with more charges expected this week, police and prosecutors said.

Walter E. Ellis, 49, was taken into custody after a struggle at a motel on Saturday, days after police served a search warrant to obtain a DNA sample, police Chief Edward Flynn said. Ellis was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, Milwaukee County Dist. Atty. John Chisholm said. Each homicide charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Police said Ellis' DNA was found on the bodies of nine women who were killed between 1986 and 2007. Investigators believe eight of the women were prostitutes and one was a runaway. They were 16 to 41 years old.

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