Brandon Ellis hearing held Tuesday

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

Brandon Ellis, 30, appeared in Ventura County Superior Court Tuesday afternoon for a preliminary hearing.

Ellis, a former Ojai resident, is accused of committing the December 2015 murder of Ventura resident Douglas Blasher, 47, and the attempted murder of Alexa Payne, 20.

Ellis was held to answer on all charges, meaning the presiding Judge, Barry Taylor of the Ventura County Superior Court, found there was sufficient evidence to proceed after hearing testimony from multiple law enforcement officials.

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