Murder suspect can’t get bail |

Murder suspect can’t get bail

B.H. Bose

Gerald Glenn Steele of South Lake Tahoe has been held without bail and will face murder charges in the death of his roommate. The trial will be Aug. 17.

If convicted, Steele faces 25 years to life for the hammer-bludgeoning death of Lee Ellis.

Enough evidence was presented Thursday at a preliminary hearing to hold Steele, a South Lake Tahoe man.

Steele is charged with the March 27 murder of his 51-year-old roommate. He was arrested after officers discovered Ellis’ body in a pool of blood on a bed in their mobile home living room. Steele, 56, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Sgt. Scott Willson of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department testified that Steele told him in an interview he thought his roommate was having an epileptic seizure and he “hit him to calm him down.” According to Willson, Steele also said he didn’t think he hit him very hard and was just trying to get his attention.

A hammer was found on the floor next to the bed and the body.

No witnesses saw or heard the incident, but Willson added that Steele mentioned to him that after the first alleged blow to the head his roommate had no reaction, so he hit him again.

The trial is expected to last six days.

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