Saturday, February 12, 2011

Regal Road arsonist Nancy Lee Ellis gets day in court

The sad story of the Regal Road arson began back in July, when 64-year-old Nancy Lee Ellis, apparently intoxicated and reportedly the odd woman out in a love triangle, tried to burn her rival's car. There were a few problems with this plan, the big two being that 1) the target car was in a flammable carport attached to a flammable duplex where people were sleeping, and 2) the getaway car was parked a little too close to the burning car.

Fortunately, no one was hurt as a dog woke neighbors who woke the residents in time to get out.

According to sheriff's records, Ellis has been in Las Colinas jail ever since, unable to come up with $75,000 bond, and has a court appearance Monday morning at 8:50 in Vista.

Six and a half months seems like a long time for a 64-year-old woman to spend in jail awaiting trial. Nobody would put up $7,500 for her bondsman's 10% fee? Despite the fact that her actions could have killed someone, I hope she gets probation and counseling.

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