Gateway murder trial

Kellie Ballew testimony (post 1)

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Kellie Ballew is on the stand. Says she has lived in Orlando for three years.

She identified Fred Cooper as the man she lived with in December 2005. they were together almost 6 1/2 years.

She says her and Fred’s relationship was coming to an end in the beginning of Dec 05. She was the one who requested it.

He still lived there after the breakup. She didn’t want to kick him out during the holidays. He was supposed to move out at the first of the year.

When she said she wanted to break up, they didn’t have any physical contact after that.

She says she was in a relationship with Steven Andrews, her coworker at outside Productions.

Steve was the office manager, she was the accounting manager.

They became friends in July 05 had common interests. Developed over time, one thing led to another. She knew he was married. They discussed their relationships with their significant others.

They would tell each other if anything was out of the ordinary with the other’s significant other.

She says Michelle would come into the office and that’s how she met her.

Says they had company outings..one was a summer outing to a hotel on sanibel island and there was also a christmas party – which was a weekend thing.

That’s where Fred met Steven and Michelle on December 10, 2005. This was right before she wanted to end the relationship with Fred – they weren’t getting along very well.

She says their relationship became sexual on December 20th. After the first of the year, Fred was going to move out and Steve was going to divorce Michelle and move in with her (kellie).

Secret santa gift – she gave him a keychain for his car and Michelle took offense to it. She didn’t like it. It was for his Marauder.

She contacted Steve while she was in Orlando and she was bringing items to Bonita Springs from Orlando and she called him for help. (This was on the 14th of December). She called his work cell phone – the only cell he had.

Michelle answered the phone instead. She asked why Kellie was calling and she said he was busy and he wouldn’t be available and was quite nasty. Kellie hung up on Michelle, but then Michelle called back and demanded to know why she spent so much on the keychain. That’s when Kellie suspected Michelle knew there was something going on between he and Kellie.

They would text message each other and email each other. She used work and home computers to send the emails. She had those set up in her bedroom, the one previously shared with Fred. Fred did have access to that computer and used it.

McGruther is showing a photo of the computer in Kellie’s room and is state’s exhibit 46.

She is the one who prepared the Outside productions contact sheet, which has everyone’s home address,  phone number. Exhibit 45 is the contact sheet. Employees are listed there, as are their spouses names and their addresses. Kellie had a copy of this on her desk in front of the monitor.

Now asking about December 26, 2005. She and Steven hadn’t seen each other since the last day of work. He called her in the early afternoon of the 26th. He was at the beach with his parents and Michelle.

He said he was looking forward to seeing her the following Thursday. (The 26th was a Monday).

Around 8:30 p.m., Steven called Kellie. He said he was going to the office and he asked if she’d meet him there. They met at Outside Productions, she got there maybe 8:45 p.m.

Kellie had been with Fred all day on the 26th. They had lunch and went shopping. During this lunch she and Fred talked about the end of their relationship. She asked him to be respectful if she got into a relationship with someone else.

Kellie says Fred said he would deal with it, knew he had done wrong and would be okay with it.

Fred was home on the computer when Kellie left at 8:30 p.m.

Steve drove the Marauder to the office. She says they had sex that night. Steve didn’t use a condom.

They were there maybe an hour. Michelle called and wanted to know where Steve was, so he had to leave.  That’s when they both left.

says steve was wearing jeans, boxer shorts, tshirt and flip flops.

She says she went straight home. Steve called her while driving home and apologized for having to leave so quickly.

When she arrived home, Fred was still on the computer.

Fred, Carly and Fred’s mother were all home.

When she got home, she said she was tired and was going to go to bed and asked him to put carly to bed. She asked Fred to leave the room so she could go to bed.

It was approx 10 p.m. or a little later when she went to bed.

She got up to check on the girls and discovered Fred was gone. The girl visitng went into the garage and Fred wasn’t there either.

She then turned the computer back on, emailed Steve, and put the girls to bed.

Kellie thought Fred was in the garage working on his motorcycle.

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Written by Melissa Hudson

October 6, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Posted in Day 4

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