Windy Hills Homicide: Victim's 2 grandchildren were inside home at time of shooting

RAW: Police announce arrest of suspect in Windy Hills homicide
William E. Crockett (Source: Clark County, IN Jail)
William E. Crockett (Source: Clark County, IN Jail)
This is the scene of the crime in Windy Hills. (Source: Katie Bauer, WAVE 3 News)
This is the scene of the crime in Windy Hills. (Source: Katie Bauer, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two young grandchildren of Louisville's first homicide victim of the new year were inside the woman's home when she was shot to death on New Year's Day, according to police.

The ex-boyfriend of the victim, Anna Christine Fisher, was arrested early on the morning of Jan. 2 in Clarksville. William E. Crockett, 53, of Sellersburg was pulled over just before 1 a.m. Friday on U.S. 31 north of Cooper's Lane in Clarksville after Trooper John Cain spotted Crockett's 2011 Infiniti. Crockett was wanted for questioning in Fisher's homicide.

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According to Indiana State Police, Trooper Cain noticed four handguns inside Crockett's vehicle. Crockett was taken into custody on charges of possession of a firearm without a firearms license. He was later charged with murder by the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Fisher, who went by the name Chris, was found dead inside her home in the 700 block of Indian Ridge Road in Windy Hills just before 10 p.m. on Thursday. A deputy coroner said Fisher was pronounced dead of multiple gunshot wounds at 10:04 p.m.

The grandchildren who were inside the home when Fisher was shot are 8 and 11 years old. Police said the children did not witness the crime -- they were a few rooms away -- but they heard the gunshots and called 911.

"You don't know how to grieve in this situation," said the victim's daughter-in-law Jeri Schulten. "You think it is just a really bad nightmare and that you will wake up and it will all be okay, but it is just not."

Fisher's family can't comprehend what happened. Fisher was a mother of three and a grandmother of six with a seventh grandchild on the way.

"We're just going to keep the face like she would want us to because that's what kind of woman she was," Schulten said. "She wanted us faithful, loving, and caring, and she would want us to forgive, and that's what we are working on right now."

Police said Fisher, who was 55 years old, was shot multiple times by Crockett.

"We do know that she ended the relationship [with Crockett] within the last week or two," said Lt. Todd Kessinger of LMPD's Homicide Unit.

Crockett was arrested just hours after the shooting. His neighbors in Sellersburg are stunned.

"He seemed very normal," said neighbor John Smith. "[He] worked a lot at a trucking company and introduced himself to me once."

Schulten said Fisher and Crockett met online and dated for less than a year.

"When he was around, he seemed so chipper and always wanted to talk to us, and he knew how close of a family we were," said Schulten. "I just feel like he robbed us of a lot."

Schulten said Fisher will never be forgotten.

"She was beautiful in many ways, and that's how we want her remembered."

Crockett is being held in the Clark County Jail and will be extradited to Metro Corrections in Louisville.

Fisher's family is making her arrangements at Highlands Funeral Home.

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