Charges reduced against woman, 76, accused of killing terminally ill husband

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — The charges against an elderly woman accused of shooting and killing her terminally ill husband at a Daytona Beach hospital have been reduced.

Ellen Gilland, 76, was initially arrested on charges of first-degree premeditated murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon related to the death of her husband Jerry Gilland.


But a grand jury indictment dated Wednesday says Gilland is now facing charges of assisting self-murder/manslaughter, as well as aggravated assault and aggravated assualt of a law enforcement officer.

Gilland was previously denied bond. She’s been in custody since the shooting at AdventHealth Daytona Beach on Jan. 21.

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Earlier this month, a judge said they would not grant Gilland bond saying she posed a danger to the community because she endangered hospital staff at AdventHealth Daytona Beach and deputies who responded to the hospital by pointing the gun at them.

Stay tuned to Channel 9 Eyewitness News for updates.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.