Kidnapping warrant issued against fourth suspect in Amir Ellis murder

Volunteers pray before splitting into search parties in the Jessieville area in the search for Amir Ellis last summer. (The Sentinel-Record/Lance Brownfield/File)
Volunteers pray before splitting into search parties in the Jessieville area in the search for Amir Ellis last summer. (The Sentinel-Record/Lance Brownfield/File)

A felony warrant on a charge of kidnapping was issued Tuesday against a fourth suspect allegedly involved in the kidnapping of Amir Isaiah Ellis, 19, who went missing on May 17, 2023, and whose remains were found on Dec. 16.

Takahi Debrione Shelby, 18, whose last known address was on Rocky Reef Circle, is being sought on the warrant for kidnapping, punishable by up to life in prison, but as of Thursday she had not been arrested.

Three other teen suspects were arrested on May 27 and each initially charged with kidnapping in the case. On Jan. 4, an amended information was filed against each of them to add the charge of capital murder after the remains found were confirmed to be those of Ellis.

Nathaniel Allen Speed, 18, who listed a Centerview Street address at the time of his arrest, Alexia Tamaara Chambers, 18, who is reportedly homeless, and a juvenile, then under the age of 18, whose name is not being released, were all arrested in Fort Smith on May 27 on the kidnapping charges and have remained in custody on $1 million bonds.

Garland County Prosecuting Attorney Michelle Lawrence told the newspaper on Jan. 8 since the original kidnapping charges were class Y felonies she only had to add a few additional items of information to the existing affidavit to add the murder charge.

The attorneys for the youngest suspect, who is now 18, had filed a motion to have his case transferred to juvenile court since he was 17 at the time of the alleged offense and that matter was still under appeal as of Thursday so his name is not being released. A brief from his attorneys is due by April 6 and then prosecutors have 15 days to reply.

According to the probable cause affidavit on Shelby, on May 17, Jessica Ellis, the mother of Amir Ellis, reported to Hot Springs police that her son was missing and was last seen on May 15 at Shelby's residence on Rocky Reef Circle. Jessica Ellis said a female occupant of the residence contacted her on May 17 to report her son was taken on May 15 by two unknown males.

See Friday's edition of The Sentinel-Record for complete details, including an interview with Jessica Ellis.

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