Camdenton woman charged in mid-February homicide investigation

Published: Mar. 3, 2023 at 4:30 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 21, 2023 at 10:03 AM CDT
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CAMDENTON, Mo. (KY3) - A Camdenton woman has been charged in the February homicide of 62-year-old Thomas E. Gifford.

Chrisma Ellis, 39, faces first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

According to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, multiple law enforcement agencies worked to find and arrest Ellis in Kansas City last week. She frequented Camdenton, Sunrise Beach, Lebanon, Lee’s Summit, and Kansas City.

Deputies found Giffords dead at his home in mid-February following 911. According to investigators, an acquaintance of Ellis’ stated Ellis said she had been at her boyfriend’s, Gifford, house, and a fight occurred. Investigators say Ellis told her friend she stabbed Gifford several times, believed Gifford was dead, and was waiting for the police because of his death.

Investigators say Ellis admitted to the stabbing but claimed it was self-defense.

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