Accused killer's arraignment postponed

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The killer of a central Toledo woman was expected to be arraigned Thursday, but the court date was postponed.

Thomas Ellison Jr., accused of the aggravated murder of his girlfriend Jazmon Hoskins, came to court in shackles. Authorities say Ellison strangled Hoskins at her Parkwood Avenue duplex, and then fled to Cincinnati, where he was captured.

Ellison led authorities to the building after calling 911, alerting dispatchers he killed Hoskins.

"He's my cousin. I don't know what happened. He says he did it. He knows what went on. I don't have the right to say if he's guilty or not. Only God can say that," said Ellison's Cousin Jesse Johnson, who was in court for the arraignment.

Ellison's court-appointed attorney David Klucas asked Judge Dean Mandros to delay the arraignment.

Before the hearing, Klucas says he learned his client has what he calls a 'moderate mental health history.' Klucas says Ellison has been in 5 local mental facilities and 1 in Indiana.

He doesn't know enough about the issues to determine if this will turn into a competency issue.

Ellison will be back in court on June 18, where the history of his mental records will be evaluated. In the meantime, Ellison remains in the Lucas County Jail on a $1 million bond.

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