Evansville woman wanted for manslaughter arrested after traffic stop


VANDERBURGH CO, Ind (WEHT) – A woman wanted for manslaughter is in jail after police say they pulled her over for failing to signal a lane change.

Police say around 12:40 a.m. Sunday, near the intersection of Old Business 41 and E Diamond Ave, a vehicle in the right lane merged all the way to the left turn lane. The driver did not signal the lane change until the vehicle was more than halfway into the other lane.

A traffic stop was initiated in the parking lot of a gas station at the intersection of Stringtown Rd and Diamond Ave. Police identified the driver as Kelley Jo Brand, 34, of Evansville, who was found to have an active felony warrant for manslaughter.

The warrant stems from a November shooting on North Fulton Avenue that left James Krawetz Jr. dead.

According to a police affidavit, during the initial investigation in November, Brand also had a gunshot wound. At the time, Brand told police she shot Krawetz in self defense after he had beaten her, threatened to kill her, and shot her in the foot. According to the police document, Brand’s injuries were not consistent with her story.

Brand was taken into custody and told police she had a “40” on her. Police found a black 40 caliber Walther P990 inside her waist band. Police also found 0.5 grams of cocaine inside a container on a lanyard Brand was wearing around her neck.

According to an affidavit, deputies found several items in Brand’s car that are indicative of dealing illegal narcotics. Police seized 16.4 grams of cocaine, 20.5 grams of methamphetamine inside two clear plastic bags, three glass pipes with burnt residue, and a black plastic tube containing 78 Xanax pills. Police also removed 549 rounds of ammunition and 16 magazines from the vehicle.

Brand faces the following charges:

  • Failure to signal
  • Dealing methamphetamine
  • Dealing cocaine
  • Possession Schedule I, II, III, IV, V
  • Possession of paraphernalia
  • Possession of a handgun without a license

She is being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail without bond.

(This story was originally published on April 11, 2021)

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