Convicted killer arrested with drugs, gun

Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 5:59pm
Staff reports

Jerry Rubin Ellis Jr., Lindell Ronald Graves

A South precinct officer made quite a discovery when he pulled over an SUV that failed to use a turn signal — it's driver was a convicted killer with a car full of drugs and a loaded gun, Metro police said.

Detective Garry Gann stopped a 1993 GMC Yukon in the 4500 block of Nolensville Pike just after 4:30 p.m. When he ran the license of the driver, Jerry Rubin Ellis, Jr., 36, Gann learned it had been revoked. Ellis, who was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 1993 and aggravated assault in 1997, consented to Gann's request to search the car's interior, police said.

Gann found two separate baggies of marijuana weighing nearly 15 grams, a .25 caliber pistol loaded with five rounds, a digital scale and an empty baggie containing cocaine residue concealed in a center console underneath the cup holders, police said.

Both Ellis and his passenger, parolee Lindell Ronald Graves, 37, of Madison, initially denied ownership of the gun and marijuana, but after further questioning Ellis allegedly admitted the weapon and drugs were his, police said. Ellis further admitted that when he was stopped by Gann he was on his way to pick up one-half ounce of cocaine which he intended to resell, police said.

Ellis is charged with firearm possession by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a revoked license and driving with an open can of beer, according to police.

Graves, who has a history of felony drug and assault convictions, was caught with four grams of marijuana hidden in his groin area after he arrived in the booking room, police said. He is charged with introducing contraband into a penal facility, evidence tampering, possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession.

Federal firearms charges are being considered in this case.

18 Comments on this post:

By: alexsmith3985 on 6/4/09 at 7:34

Oh my, my...where are all the Serpas haters and those who say traffic stops don't amount to crime fighting...GO MNPD!

By: idgaf on 6/4/09 at 8:17

Don't believe all you read. Dets don't and shouldn't be makeing "traffic stops".

By: dogmrb on 6/4/09 at 8:27

There's one and I don't think he sleeps.

By: TITAN1 on 6/5/09 at 5:00

I think idgaf might be one of those who speeds and runs red lights putting lives in danger. Gary Gann, thank you for doing your job! As for idgaf, his motto is"If you don't like my driving stay off the sidewalk".

By: sidneyames on 6/5/09 at 7:06

idgaf, maybe you should spend your money on this killer's defense. And maybe the anti-gun people in Davidson county should run into this guy with his illegal gun. I'd be willing to be he was intoxicated or high with that gun.

By: eastnashville37207 on 6/5/09 at 7:06

Detectives normally aren't suppose to be making traffic stops that's for the patrol man to do.
Detectives as suppose to be investigating where the drugs and guns are coming in from and other serious crimes. The drugs and guns are a major problem in TN and detectives have enough work to do without leaving it to make arrest for a turn signal.
Pleased they are off the streets for the moment due to TN's lax laws regarding keeping felons behind bars.

By: sidneyames on 6/5/09 at 7:27

Aren't detectives policemen(women)? I mean, it seems to me like if a law enforcement officer sees a crime, regardless of the degree of the crime, they should have the right to make an arrest (if necessary) and in this case, it was the right thing to do. The guy is a criminal and had a loaded gun. Hmmmmm! Wonder if he was headed to a bar?

By: pandabear on 6/5/09 at 7:38

He can't say he "profiled" these guys.
Because of our stupid "laws of procedure", he had to make
up the "turn signal" thing.

Good job and good hunch !

By: Anna3 on 6/5/09 at 7:39

Wow! And all you "Gun Control" fanatics will say if we make guns will stop all of the violence! Do you really believe that these guys are going to follow your silly nitwit laws? All you libs better get a brain soon before you get everybody killed!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/5/09 at 7:51

Good job, Detective Gann! And alex is right, traffic stops do catch bad guys. Thanks, South Precinct!

By: Magnum on 6/5/09 at 8:20

Nice grab. I only have three thoughts on this story:
1. He should have been in prison to start with. Instead, he was out on the streets where he'll return in a short while.
2. A turn signal violation? Metro police would have to pull themselves over all day long. This was clearly a targeted stop, they just can't say it...which is fine with me as long as they get the bad guy.
3. Prison is rehab my butt. I bet this time it works. I just know it! Let the rehab begin.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/5/09 at 8:50

i totally concur, Magnum.

By: courier37027 on 6/5/09 at 10:04

Hire Maplewood High principal Ralph Thompson as their lawyer. Thompson would imply this is society's problem and these poor men should be held blameless. Of course the drugs and guns ran up and jumped into these alleged felons' car.

By: scraigtn on 6/5/09 at 10:06

"Do you really believe that these guys are going to follow your silly nitwit laws?"
No, that's why they are called criminals. Because they don't follow the silly nitwit laws that say convicted felons can't carry firearms. What a silly nitwit law that one is, huh?

By: scraigtn on 6/5/09 at 11:35

Did you know our silly nitwit laws say that possession of drugs for resale is illegal? go figure.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/5/09 at 12:30

what next, they're going to make assault illegal? lol!

By: scraigtn on 6/5/09 at 12:40

Assault, as silly and nitwit as it sounds is illegal. Also driving a motor vehicle without the proper license is, too. What a silly and nitwit state we live in.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/5/09 at 12:58

let me guess, i suppose i can't drink and drive either. silly, i tell you!