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Wife of Georgetown homicide victim speaking out after suspect charged

The victim's wife was in the courtroom on Friday. Her friends and family holding her close throughout the emotional hearing. (WCCU)

Gregory Johnson of Georgetown is behind bars after being charged with a gruesome crime.

Johnson was charged with first-degree murder in Vermilion County Court Friday afternoon.

The victim he’s accused of killing is 21-year-old Timothy Ellis of Georgetown.

Ellis was reported missing on Wednesday after his wife says he didn’t come home Tuesday evening.

His wife, Melisa Ellis, was in the courtroom on Friday and watched Johnson through satellite as he was charged with the alleged murder of her husband.

Melisa Ellis’ friends and family held her tight during the brief but emotional arraignment hearing.

"He was a funny and random guy,” Melisa Ellis said. “He loved to make a joke and laugh. He loved his two children."

Ellis replayed those last moments with her husband.

"He gave me a kiss, told me he loved me… and that’s the last I saw him," Melissa Ellis said.

On Thursday, police found Timothy Ellis’s body.

Earlier that day, police said Johnson confessed to the murder.

According to the district attorney, Johnson who was an acquaintance of Timothy Ellis, stopped by his house on Tuesday night, asking for help moving a couch.

Melisa Ellis believes this was just an excuse for Johnson to confront her husband.

"He accused my husband of trying to make a pass getting with a 16-year-old,” Melisa Ellis said. “But the 16-year-old girl was like family to us and it was found untrue,"

In the courtroom Friday, the district attorney said as part of Johnson’s confession, he accused the victim of having feelings for a 16-year-old girl.

Adding that Johnson admitted to slashing Ellis’ throat and hiding the body.

Now, Ellis’ wife and two kids have nothing but memories of their loving husband and father.

"He made a friend anywhere he went," Melisa Ellis said. “I couldn't take him anywhere because he was always talking to someone he knew. Everyone loved him."

Johnson is due back in court on November 2 for a preliminary hearing.

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