Heather Ellis Faces 15 Years Jail for Cutting the Line in Walmart
Heather Ellis could face up to 15 years in prison if she is convicted for cutting the line in a Walmart store in Kennett, MO., in January 2007. Heather Ellis was charged with disturbing the peace, trespassing, and 2 counts of assaulting a police officer. Her trial is scheduled for November 18th, 2009. Civil rights groups have publicly shown their support for Heather Ellis.
UPDATE: Hundreds joined the rally in Kennett, Missouri, to support Heather Ellis. The group plans to go back to Kennett on the day of her trial on Wednesday.
Heather Renae Ellis, now 24, was shopping with her cousin in a Wal-Mart store. The two split up to find the shortest line for check-out. When Heather tried to join her cousin in the other line, she was accused by a Walmart employee of cutting the line. The argument started, and eventually led to police intervention.
Heather was shopping at a Wal-Mart in Kennett, MO with her cousin. The two were searching for the shortest line, so they split up. When Heather's cousin found the shorter line, she joined him. That's when things got strange.
Heather was accused by a Wal-Mart employee of cutting the line, and an argument ensued. This led to the manager and security guard being called, and ultimately police intervention.
An online petition has been set up on a website, saveheatherellis.com, to foster support for this apparent legal injustice.
Stephen Sokoloff insisted in the past that video tapes from the Walmart store will definitely prove Ellis guilty.