Berna Judge moved to Georgia in 2001 and a year later she married Clayton Ellington. Then they had twin sons, who recently turned two years old.

Wednesday night, Clayton contacted police and told them he had just gotten home and found them. Police say that Berna Ellington and her two sons died of blunt force trauma.

Police questioned Ellington most of Thurs. and as a result of the questioning and the evidence found in the home, Ellington has now been arrested on three charges of murder in the death of his wife and children.

During the investigation, further evidence in the crime led to the arrest of Sean Fennell, a 19 year old acquaintance of Ellington's. He has been charged with one count of giving false statements to police which is a felony.

Neighbors have talked, about how nice Berna was, about how happy the little boys were. They say there was nothing unusual about the family.

"They just seemed like a very hard working, simple kind of family, quiet, keep their yard together, pretty much the normal type of family."

There have been so many of these lately. Relationships that appear normal to people outside the family. Then a sudden eruption of violence, and suddenly the family or what is left of it is front page news. Neighborhoods in shock and families grieving.

As one neighbor put it, why the little boys? They couldn't talk, couldn't tell what they may have seen. So why them?

And I would add, if this couple married in 2001, it would only have been 5 years since they vowed to love and honor each other. What could have changed so drastically in 5 short years, that would call for the destruction not only of the love, but of the whole family?

In any death, there are always a lot of questions. How, when, what, and the big one that often cannot be adequately answered is why.


District Attorney has announced they will be seeking the death penalty.



  1. Lamont said,

    May 27, 2006 at 6:07 am

    I am deeply Hurt by this…..I knew Berna both in High School and in we Attended College together i was a bit older but she was a good freind and a very intelligent women. I never really knew her Husband but from what I hear he was a bit off. None the less my May Month will never be the same…I lost my Dad in a May month now a friend is lost. I want to forgive but i find it hard to do so. Being a Father of two boys myself and a devoted husband i could never see myself committing such an act. Berna RIP with and take care of camrom and Christian i will never forget you.

    Lamont Roper and Family

  2. Eric Neal said,

    June 6, 2006 at 11:06 pm

    Like everyone else, I am asking myself the same question, ” What could Berna and the two twins have done to make this COWARD commit this unforgiveable act? There is only one answer…. NOTHING!!! Anyone who came into contact with Berna knew that there weren’t enough kind words in the English vocabulary to describe her so once again, I feel this COWARD has robbed everyone of a special gift (who came into contact with her). My thoughts and prayers go out to her sister and parents.

  3. June 7, 2006 at 3:36 am

    People who commit murder often don’t really have a reason. It is mainly selfishness. Along with a need for control over someone, and sometimes a dash of rage or jealousy or greed. (and that doesn’t mean there was a reason for the rage or jealousy, those are emotions, and they aren’t always logical). No one deserves to be murdered. And the murder will not solve whatever problem the husband had. It just created a new set of problems for him.

  4. A weeping Friend said,

    July 6, 2006 at 4:57 pm

    I am deeply hurt and sadden, I grew up with Berna, went to school with the both of them. Berna and the boys did not deserve, what they received. She was a devoted and loving Mother and wife. She was very successful in everything she touched. She have never said anything about being mistreated or unhappy. As for her husband, it was a selfish act on his part. He may have been jeolous, he may have needed the control. Home Sweet Home said it correct. He just received a whole new set of problems.

  5. July 6, 2006 at 6:47 pm

    A Weeping Friend, thank you for your comment. As friends come by and leave messages and comments it adds a little to my uderstanding of the people involved. And I can tell from her friends, how nice a person Berna was and how deeply she touched people. Berna and her boys will always be in your hearts and you will remember her. Maybe you can find a way to use that memory and reach out to others with similiar problems in some way.

  6. Outkast said,

    October 23, 2008 at 5:48 am

    He got death but i know sum peopl n charleston who wanted 2 do kill him and that go 4 me 2

  7. October 24, 2008 at 2:33 am

    Thank you for the update Outkast. News that the trial is final always gives me a bit of relief. But while I am not against the death penalty, news of someone recieving the death penalty doesn’t bring me pleasure, it just reminds me of the lives already lost. At the same time I cannot find it in myself to feel sorry for the recipent of the verdict- because it was their own actions, their taking lives that brought them to the verdict.

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