NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A New Albany man admitted to killing his girlfriend in front of their toddler. His family says he is not a murderer.
“Ivan was a nice son it's just something that happened you know and I still love him and we really miss Mandy. She was just like a daughter to me it's just something that happened,” said Luvenia Chambers, Ivan Chambers mother.
Chambers appeared in court Monday for his initial hearing on the murder charge.
On Friday police say Chambers shot and killed his long time girlfriend Amanda McAnelly at their apartment on Plaza Drive in New Albany.
“He was the best brother anyone could have. Ivan is not, he's not a murderer, you couldn't ask for a kinder person. He loved Mandy he loved Tiana. It's a bad situation,” said Diana Rogers, Chambers sister.
New court documents show that Chambers came out of the apartment holding his two-year-old daughter saying he shot McAnelly. Amanda McAnelly's mother called police because Amanda told her she was being held against her will and Chambers would not hand over their daughter.
McAnelly was found shot in the head in their daughter's room.
“Very sad that a child has seen this but she said that mommy's sick daddy shot mommy. It's a very traumatic event for this young girl to have to go through,” said Steve Owen, Floyd County Deputy prosecutor.
“My prayers go out to the family, you know, because the Lord will work it out, “ said Chambers mother.
If convicted Chambers faces a minimum sentence of 45 years in prison. Chambers said he shot McAnelly after she attacked him but police say there were no signs of a struggle.