A woman has been charged with murder and three others have been charged with crimes related to the incident after a Cheraw man was found severely beaten in the front yard of a Clemmons Street home.
Ronald Ellerbe, 49, later died of his wounds. Mary Davis, 41, of 18 Clemmons St., has been charged with murder. Eddie Jamar Thomas, 23, Cheraw, was charged with assault and battery by mob first degree (death). In addition, Davis’ brother, Timothy Kelly, 43, and Eddisha Maryanna Thomas, 21, of Cheraw, both have been charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder. Both Eddie Thomas and Eddisha Thomas are Davis’ children.
Authorities said that by the time help arrived at 4 a.m. last Sunday, Ellerbe might have been lying in the front yard for nearly eight hours.
“He was breathing when Officer Henderson arrived but it was very shallow,” said Cheraw Police Detective John James.
James said Ellerbe was transported to Chesterfield General Hospital where “he passed away around 4:30 a.m. due to his injuries.”
James said that Davis and Ellerbe were in an extramarital relationship. The two had been arguing. Sometime between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, the situation escalation to violence.
“Davis confessed that she had injured Ellerbe when she hit him with a 2-by-4 (board),” said James.
“We don’t know exactly how many times he was hit,” said James, “but he was hit repeatedly. He was beaten in the head, the face and the body.”
James said it was Davis who called 911, “after a neighbor came by at 4 a.m. and woke her up to say that Ellerbe was lying unconscious in the yard.”
Kelly was there all night, said James.
“They knew Ellerbe was outside and did not render any kind of aid,” James said.
However, “in light of new information,” James said Tuesday, “some of the charges may be amended and new charges brought on new suspects.”
James would not elaborate.
“The investigation is ongoing,” he said.
— Karen Kissiah can be reached at 843-537-5261.