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Man Convicted Of Murder For Shooting Spree

November 4, 1986

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A 25-year-old man has been convicted of murder and other counts stemming from a shooting spree last January in which three people were killed and four wounded.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Cyril Wayne Ellis, who was found guilty Monday of three counts of first-degree murder and four counts of shooting with intent to kill. The jurors who returned the verdict were to deliberate on a sentence.

Earlier Monday, closing arguments in the case were interrupted when the mother and sister of a woman killed in the attack burst into wailing sobs and had to be carried from the courtroom.

Ellis was convicted in a 90-minute shooting rampage Jan. 30 across northeastern Oklahoma City that ended at the Consolidated Freightways trucking company, where her worked as a dockman.

In taped statement given to police a few hours after his arrest, Ellis said problems over a head injury Jan. 11 at work and problems with fiancee Cheryl James led him to attempt a suicidal drug overdose Jan. 26. He then sought treatment at a hospital’s mental ward.

Ellis said that on Jan. 30 he saw Ms. James driving with her sister’s boyfriend, Robert Dumas, and followed the two. Dumas was wounded by three shots.

A few moments later, Ms. James’ sister, Teresa Thomas, 29, was shot and killed at her residence. Ms. Thomas’ daughter, then 6, was wounded.

At the trucking company, two supervisors - Carl D. Lake and James L. Rider - were shot and killed, and two other supervisors were wounded.

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