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A first-degree murder charge against the man accused of robbing and killing Smyrna resident Kimberly Allen has been bound over to a Rutherford County grand jury.

Smyrna General Sessions Judge Lynn Alexander found probable cause to send the murder charge against Eric Ellis, 32, of Smyrna to the grand jury along with charges of aggravated burglary, theft between $10,000 and $60,000 and kidnapping in connection with the March 2016 death of Allen.

Testimony last week by Smyrna Police showed Ellis admitted to forcing Allen to withdraw money from an ATM, then killing her and staying with her body at her Smyrna home for at least three days before he went to the Union Rescue Mission in Nashville.

He allegedly held a knife on her and made her take money from the ATM, $420, before stabbing her and then giving her an overdose of drugs, according to testimony.

Allen was killed March 20, a Sunday, and her body was discovered five days later, according to testimony. Smyrna Police picked up Ellis at the mission that Friday.

Ellis told Smyrna Police detectives he stabbed Allen with a knife, which caused a superficial wound, according to testimony. The cause of death is listed as overdose, according to the autopsy and testimony.

According to testimony, the victim she asked for a glass of water, and he gave her water with a handful of crushed-up pills in it. After she drank it and got drowsy, he put her in the bed.

Ellis had allegedly been staying with the victim for about three weeks before her death.

The defendant took Allen's vehicle to Nashville and left it at a Hilton parking garage and took his bloody clothing, the knife and other items and threw it in a dumpster or trash can, according to testimony. Authorities recovered some of those items.

Ellis admitted to returning to the house and trying to make the incident look like a burglary, breaking out a backdoor window and sweeping up the glass and throwing it in the trash, according to testimony.

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