Brandon Shaw tried to shoot his girlfriend, Chelsey Rae Malone, before he fatally stabbed her outside their Nampa home Wednesday, but his rifle failed to fire, Shaw reportedly told a detective.
Charges against Shaw were unsealed in Canyon County Friday morning: first-degree murder, assault with intent to commit a felony, burglary, and two enhancements for the use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony. Online court records indicate he is expected to be arraigned on the charges Friday.
A probable cause affidavit filed by Nampa police Detective Troy Hale in the first-degree murder case details Shaw’s account of events. Both victim and suspect were 23 years old.
According to the affidavit, Shaw said he and Malone hadn’t been getting along for the past week or so, and he had moved out of the house they shared on Berlin Place. He said he went back to the house early Wednesday afternoon “to gather his things and kill (Malone),” but she wasn’t home so he left and returned later when he was feeling “zoned out,” Hale wrote in the affidavit.
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The affidavit continues: Shaw said he used a credit card to open a locked door and walked into the house with his rifle in hand. Malone then called 911, and when Shaw saw she was calling police he tried to shoot and kill her but the rifle did not discharge. Malone ran out of the house.
“Defendant said he dropped the rifle and grabbed two kitchen knives ... and took off chasing her,” the affidavit states. “When he caught up to her she was running from him, and he began using both hands, a knife in each hand, and started stabbing her in the back and neck.”
Shaw told the detective he thought he stabbed her five or six times, and “when she fell to the ground he thought he had killed her.” Shaw said he got into his car and drove to his mother’s house in Emmett.
Shaw told his mother he had killed his girlfriend, and his mother called police, according to the affidavit. Shaw was interviewed by Nampa police and booked into the Gem County Jail. His first court appearance was in Gem County on Thursday, but he is expected to be moved to Canyon County as the case continues.
An autopsy showed Malone had knife wounds and died of one to the chest, Canyon County Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris said Thursday, releasing the victim’s name.
The couple’s neighbors reported hearing screams and an altercation inside the house that continued into the roadway shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday, police said. One neighbor ran outside to see what happened, found Malone bleeding to death and called 911, police said. Paramedics tried to save her, but could not, according to the affidavit.
Neighbors told police the couple had moved to the north Nampa cul de sac about a month earlier.
Malone had three sons, ages 1, 2 and 4, according to a GoFundMe page, Malone Boys Life Fund, set up to raise money for her family. Police said the little boys were not home when their mother was killed.
Kristin Rodine: 208-377-6447
Erin Fenner contributed.