Alleged killer faces charges 2 years after crash kills pregnant woman


Posted on November 23, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 23 at 8:44 PM

(WHAS11) - A local family says it could be near the end of a nightmare.

More than two years after a motorcycle crash killed a mother and her unborn baby in Shively, the alleged killer is now facing charges.

Brandie Chadwell's family says they've endured years of hell trying to get charges pressed against the alleged killer, Kalep King.

Adding to the controversy, Shively police admitted they made mistakes in their original investigation.

Brandie's family says they'll keep pressing on in court so she doesn't die in vain.

"Two-and-a-half years with no sleep.  Nightmares. It's taken a lot of toll. This is probably the best day in two-and-a-half years I've had," says Maggie Briley, the victim’s mother.

It's taken more than two years for Maggie Briley and her family to find some sort of justice.

Finally facing her daughter's alleged killer in court, 26-year-old Kalep King, who was already locked up in the Hardin County jail for trafficking drugs.

King’s former attorney, Andrew Epstein says in court: 

"He's in the Hardin County jail right now serving a five year sentence," says King’s former attorney, Andrew Epstein.

King faces manslaughter and fetal homicide charges along with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Briley lost her daughter and unborn granddaughter to a horrific motorcycle crash on July 2nd, 2007.

Brandie Chadwell was six months pregnant when the motorcycle she rode crashed. 

King was the driver; a free man after the double fatal accident.
"He and his family are heartbroken by it. We believe it will be proven out in court, it was an accident and no more," says Epstein.

But Brandie's family says it's more than just an accident.

"Mothers do say accidents happen but it will come out in the truth in the end," says Briley.

In a letter obtained by WHAS11 News, the Shively police department admitted that mistakes were made by the police department.  

Drugs were found in a hospital drug test but according to the Shively Police Department investigating police officers failed to obtain a blood sample.

Officers failed to press criminal charges and the Commonwealth couldn't go forward to a grand jury without the blood test.

"We have positive tests for all these things in his system, but we have no levels,” said Jessica Spenneberg, the victim’s sister.

King's criminal history dates back to 2001.  Papers show charges including: Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, fleeing police and parole violation.

"We just want them to do the right thing everyone involved. We just want justice for Brandie. We don't want her to die in vain," says Maggie Briley.