EDITOR’S NOTE: In Thursday’s edition, the Daily Light published a story on an indictment handed down by an Ellis County grand jury. The story included an Ellis County Jail book-in photo obtained from the ECSO website listing Markelee Chris Escamilia, the suspect identified in the story. The Daily Light obtained the arrest information and book-in photo directly from the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office inmate search database. When notified by readers the wrong book-in photo had been published with the story, The Daily Light contacted the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office. After investigating the issue, the sheriff’s office informed the Daily Light the book-in photo for Escamilla’s arrest had been incorrectly loaded into its datasite with that of a woman who was released from the jail in November. Following notification, the book-in photo has since been replaced with the correct photo of Escamilla on the ECSO datasite. ECSO Chief Deputy Dennis Brearley stated that the Sheriff’s Office IT department has corrected the mistake and is now investigating how the error occurred. The Daily Light strives for accuracy in our reporting and it is our policy to quickly correct any inaccuracies or mistakes. The correct book-in photo of Markelee Chris Escamilla is being published with this Page 1 correction.
Waxahachie resident Markelee Chris Escamilla, 36, was indicted by an Ellis County Grand Jury on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest with a vehicle, retaliation and burglary of a habitation. The Waxahachie Police Department arrested Escamilla on Saturday, Oct. 12.
The indictment alleges that Escamilla entered a habitation with the intent to burglarize the residence, threatened the owner with bodily injury by pointing a gun at him, then fled from police attempting to arrest Escamilla for the offense. Escamilla also threatened to kill the the victim who reported the offense in retaliation.
Escamilla was booked into the Wayne McCollum Detention Center at 1 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. He remains in custody with bonds totaling $110,000.
Attorney Julissa Martinez has been appointed as Escamilla’s attorney. Escamilla’s next appearance in the 40th Judicial District Court for arraignment is set for Thursday, Feb. 6.