Boyfriend says he will stand by woman accused of murdering grandma


by Brittany Gonzalez

Posted on September 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 4 at 5:54 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The boyfriend of the 21-year-old accused of killing her grandmother and then putting her body in a trash can says Ellen Nicole Crawley is not a monster.

"She is the mother of my son, and I love her. She is a unique person. They don't make them like her. She's a good person," Brian Calhoon said.

Police say Crawley admitted to them she killed her grandmother, 62-year-old Mary McClain, last Monday, Aug, 27.

According to police, a fight broke out between them. She faces several felonies including murder.

Calhoon says his girlfriend moved to Louisville three months ago to reconnect with her grandmother and her extended family, but her plan wasn't working.

"It was rocky at best. They had been fighting and arguing. Her grandmother had been pretty hard on her," Calhoon said.

Police arrested Crawley on Friday, while she was at Calhoon's home in Rineyville. He says seeing her be taken away in a squad car left him speechless.

"They knocked on the door. I answered. [They] asked if she was here. She went outside. I asked one of the officers when they were getting ready to put her in a squad car if they were charging her with murder and they said yes."

Calhoon says Crawley's past maybe to blame for what he calls a terrible accident.

"Nikki's mental stability is questionable at times. She is a wonderful person, but she needs medication she needs help," Calhoon said.

Crawley does not have a criminal record in Louisville, and Calhoon says he plans on standing by her side.

"She ain't got it in her to hurt people. It ain't like her at all."

Crawley is being held at Metro Corrections.