Oxford Domestic Murder Suspect Appears in Court

Scott Gellatly is accused of killing his wife and injuring his mother-in-law.

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    Scott Gellatly pleaded guilty Tuesday, June 3, 2014 to new charges.

    Scott Gellatly, the man accused of killing his estranged wife and shooting her mother, appeared in Milford Superior Court Wednesday for pretrial proceedings.

    Today's court appeareance was mostly procedural. Gellatly's attorneys asked that the case be continued as they comb through evidence.

    He previously appeared in court June 3 to face new charges in the murder of Lori Gellatly and the shooting of her mother Merry Jackson. Scott Gellatly waived a probable cause hearing in which the court would have heard testimony to send the case to trial.

    “He pleaded not guilty to a seven-count long form information that the state has filed today, charging him with murder, home invasion, burglary and robbery,” said State’s Attorney Kevin Lawlor, adding that Scott Gellatly has elected jury trial but can change his mind at any point and opt for a court trial instead.

    According to police, Gellatly forced his way into his in-law's home on Sioux Drive in Oxford and shot both his estranged wife, Lori Gellatly and her mother, Merry Jackson on May 7. Court documents said police found the two women lying next to each other on the kitchen floor. Lori later died at the hospital. Police say Scott Gellatly took off after the shooting, prompting a state-wide manhunt. He was later found, allegedly trying to take his own life.

    Lawlor said Gellatly also approved another motion filed by the prosecution to move the investigation forward.

    “The defendant did not object to the State's motion requesting that DNA be taken from him in order to compare with evidence that's been brought to the Connecticut State Police lab,” said Lawlor.

    Gellatly is expected back in court in October.