Update Nov. 12, 2020:
James Edward Elliott, 58, of El Campo, was pronounced dead in the Bomarton Cemetery near his hometown of Seymour at 12:50 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 by Baylor County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Rick Jeter. Preliminary autopsy result indicate he died from gunshot wounds to the chest and head.
A former Wharton County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was under investigation has taken his own life, according to sources close to the matter.
It was reported on Saturday, Nov. 7 that James Edward Elliott, 58, of El Campo, allegedly committed suicide, pending a formal investigation.
Elliott was under investigation by the Texas Rangers and the Texas Attorney General’s Office following allegations of continuous sexual abuse of a child.
According to the Agreed Protective Order issued before the 329th District Court on Aug. 17:
“It is unlawful for any person who is subject to a protective order to knowingly purchase, rent, lease or receive as a loan or gift from another a handgun for the duration of this order.
“It is unlawful for any person, other than a peace officer as defined by section 1.07, penal code, actively engaged in employment as a sworn, full-time paid employee of a state agency or political subdivision, who is subject to a protective order to possess a firearm or ammunition.
“Possession of a firearm while this protective order is in effect may be a felony under federal law punishable by up to ten years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.”
Elliott is survived by his wife, Misty Jensen Elliott, who was indicted on Aug. 4 for abandoning or endangering a child, criminal negligence. On Oct. 20, she entered a plea of not guilty to the crime.
The County Gin will continue to report information as it becomes available.
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one or would like emotional support, contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255.