The 23-year-old who is charged with murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend a week after he moved out of the Nampa house they shared told investigators that he tried to reach his mother to “calm him down” shortly before the incident, a Nampa police detective said.
Hours after Chelsey Malone died Nov. 18, suspect Brandon Shaw told police that he grabbed a knife in each hand and chased her into the street on “instinct ... like a pack of wolves after a deer” and stabbed her repeatedly, Detective Troy Hale testified during Shaw’s preliminary hearing Thursday. Shaw is charged with first-degree murder, assault and burglary.
Malone, 23 and the mother of three young sons, was rushed to a Nampa hospital, where she died a short time after the attack.
Shaw reportedly told police that he went to the home on Berlin Place that afternoon intending to kill Malone, believing that she had betrayed him. He no longer had a key but used a credit card to open a locked door. He said he carried a loaded rifle and approached Malone, surprising her, Hale testified.
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Under questioning by the defense, Hale said Shaw told him he took out his phone to call his mother, who was good at talking him down, but then heard a dispatcher’s voice and realized Malone had called 911. He said he pointed the rifle at her and pulled the trigger, but it didn’t fire, and Malone ran into the street. Shaw then pursued her, Hale testified.
Shaw told police that he stabbed Malone five or six times, then twice more after she had fallen to the ground, Hale said. Shaw then drove back to his mother’s home in Emmett, where he had been staying since moving out of the house on Berlin Place.
His mother called police, and Shaw was taken into custody.
Shaw reportedly drove from Emmett to Malone’s home twice on the afternoon of Nov. 18, but she wasn’t there the first time. He told police that he returned to Emmett, hoping to talk to his mother, but she wasn’t home and he got “more and more angry.” He then returned to Nampa, and on the way his decision to kill her “was basically written in stone, as he put it,” Hale said.
“His initial plan was that he was going to shoot her and shoot himself,” Hale testified.
Shaw and Malone had been dating and had moved into the home on a North Nampa cul de sac in October, according to testimony. Shaw told police that after he moved out, he twice tried to collect his belongings from the home, but Malone said no.
The defense moved to dismiss some of the charges against Shaw, but Magistrate Gregory Frates found sufficient evidence to forward them all to 3rd District Court. His next court appearance is set for Dec. 11.
Fund for victim’s sons
Chelsey Malone’s three sons, ages 4, 2, and 1, are now living with her parents in Caldwell. A GoFundMe account, the Malone Boys Life Fund, had raised $3,285 toward its $25,000 goal by 7 p.m. Friday.