News and Tribune

October 28, 2012

New Albany man slated to enter plea in July murder

Homicide left mother, 23, with two bullet wounds in head

By GARY POPP
gary.popp@newsandtribune.com

NEW ALBANY — A New Albany man charged with murder is expected to accept a plea deal in Floyd County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Ivan E. Chambers, 27, is accused of shooting his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Amanda Rose “Mandy” McAnelly, 23, on July 20. McAnelly died after being shot twice in the head at her home in Plaza Square Apartments located off of Grant Line Road.

The New Albany Police Department had originally received a domestic dispute call involving a firearm and a woman being held against her will, according to the probable cause affidavit. When officers arrived, they were met by McAnelly’s mother and Chambers, who was holding McAnelly’s small child.

Officers asked Chambers if the weapon was secure, to which he responded, “No, I shot her with it. She attacked me,” according to the affidavit.

Officers asked how badly McAnelly was injured, and Chambers responded that she was probably dead. Police found McAnelly’s body lying on the floor of the child’s bedroom and a firearm nearby. McAnelly’s mother told police that she had received a call from her daughter that Chambers would not give her the child and that she didn’t feel like she was free to leave the home.

Later in the investigation, officers spoke with Chamber’s mother. She told police that her son had called her after the shooting occurred and admitted that he shot McAnelly.

Chambers is scheduled to accept the plea at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Details of the plea deal were not available as of press time.