Sister of N. 36th Street murder victim speaks out

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 18 at 7:56 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – With a new born baby in her arms, and her 4 year old son close by, Michal Phelps faced the end of a gun.

“She didn't ask for this,” said Shakeith Malone, the victim’s sister.

Phelps had just moved back into a family home in the 100 block of North 36th street after some struggles.

“She was there a week before he started making it a big problem about her being there,” said Malone.

Phelps had just moved back into a family home in the 100-block of North 36th street after some struggles.

On Monday she went for a job interview and got it.

Overnight her family says her stepfather wanted her to leave the West Louisville home - it's a house their deceased mother bought in the 90's to be shared by the siblings if they ever needed a place to go.

“He asked Michal do you live here now?  And she said do you have a problem with that?”

Then gunshots - Phelps was killed, her newborn in the room and her 4 year old a witness. Her stepfather Fred Leach is charged with the murder.

Her family says after Phelps was killed he began going after her 19 year old twin sisters - one was shot in the foot the other in the pelvis.

“I know in my heart that man did not have a sober mind at the time. I feel that he didn't have a sober mind at the time. I am in shock to even know that he even done something like that,” said Malone. “It hurts cause that man I called my father for 15 years it hurts I would never thought he would do anything like that.”

Phelps was a devoted mother who loved her 3 small children more than anything.

The family continues to cares for a man who was like their father.

“That I still love him.”

Fred Leach’s son was also arrested.  He was charged with terroristic threatening.  The family says he came in with a gun last week and threatened to kill them if they didn’t leave the house.

This weekend there will be a remembrance ceremony Sunday at 4pm outside the house in the 100 block of 36th Street. 

Donations for burial costs can be made at any PNC Bank.


 

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