November 7, 2013 – There are no new leads in the murder of Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis, nearly 6 months after he was shot to death along Kentucky’s Bluegrass Parkway on May 25 as he was picking up fallen tree limbs. Rewards for information in the case have grown to more than $100,000, and fund-raising campaigns have taken place to help Ellis’s family.
Maker’s Mark has joined the cause with a special bottling to raise money for Supporting Heroes, an organization that helps the families of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. The bottle features black wax with a blue ribbon, along with the Bardstown Police Department’s badge and Ellis’s badge number. 300 bottles were produced, and sold out immediately.