A woman killed last summer on the Blue Ridge Parkway had multiple blunt force injuries to her head, chest, arms
Pendergraft said the two had gone for a hike after work but it began to rain and Ellis decided to return home. Pendergraft claimed he continued hiking and on his way back saw Ellis’ umbrella and hat on the ground. Rangers and first responders found Ellis’ body about a half mile from the trail.
Shortly after, Pendergraft confessed to the manager at the Pisgah Inn that he had killed Ellis. He faces one count of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse. Those convicted of first-degree murder face life in prison or death.