Late Thursday evening, the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office released a re-indictment of former DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, which include: four charges of criminal attempt to commit theft by extortion, two counts of theft by taking, two counts of coercion of other employee to give anything of value for political purposes, one count of theft by extortion, one count of conspiracy in restraint of free and open competition, one count of bribery and three counts of perjury.
Earlier Thursday morning Ellis released a YouTube video where he continued to proclaim his innocence following last year’s indictment against him by county District Attorney Robert James.
Ellis’ home and office were raided Jan. 7, 2013, and a 15-count indictment followed on June 18, 2013.
“It’s now time to speak directly to my constituents as they have placed faith and confidence in me as their duly elected CEO,” Ellis said, at the beginning of his message.
He added that he was innocent of the charges against him, which he said are politically motivated.
In the indictment against Ellis, the charges range from theft by extortion, making false statements and conspiracy to defraud a political subdivision.
“The DA went through my closets, my wife’s personal items, my children’s toy bins and even through my trash and found nothing illegal or improper because I have done absolutely nothing wrong,” said Ellis. “In an attempt to find something, District Attorney Robert James bugged my most personal phone calls with my wife, children, mother, my lawyer and even my pastor.”
Ellis was suspended by Gov. Deal in July 2013, and District 5 Commissioner Lee May was appointed as interim CEO.
“With God’s help I will be vindicated and return to my work as your CEO,” said Ellis. “I believe that what is right will always reveal itself in the end. And that will be the restoration of the office to which you have elected me and my reputation.”
Ellis ended his message by saying that he and his family were humbled by the support and prayers of the public and that they will prevail.