A little digging has provided some depth into the personality of the only person in this tragedy who is left standing.
“Kellie Ballew, a former Bonita Springs resident, grieves in her own way. There’s a page devoted to her on myspace.com.
Several emails released show Steven was making plans to divorce his wife to be with his mistress. The two exchanged emails in a similar fashion to instant messaging. The night of the murder Ballew wrote, “I can’t wait till we can be in our own home and not have to sneak out to be with each other.” At 10:28 p.m. Steven wrote back one final time, “I keep thinking about you. Talk soon.”
But, the person who created the Kellie page — if it is indeed Ballew — admits she’s not looking for a man. She’s found one. But, she is looking for friends.
A search of “Kellie Ballew” on myspace.com produces the page and a disturbing title: “Luv to get dirty.” Quite amazing, considering Ballew held the key to a love triangle that shocked Southwest Florida.
Ballew admitted to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office that she was romantically involved with Andrews, a married co-worker at Outdoor Productions in Bonita Springs. Ballew even admitted that she had sex with Andrews in the office the night he was killed in his home. Ballew broke off her relationship with Cooper because of Andrews.
The Sheriff’s Office’s theory is that Cooper went into a jealous rage, shooting Andrews in the head and then beating his wife.
Since the deaths and arrest, Ballew has moved to the Orlando area.
The picture on the Web page is definitely of Ballew (a former friend with an emphasis on former has confirmed it). Two e-mails to Kellie from the Daily News via the Web page have been read but there have been no replies.
But the page with the photo of Kellie, sporting a fresh bleached blond hairdo, sends a message calling out for new friends on myspace.com.
The personal blurb on the page reads: “I am a 26-year-old female, born and raised in Central Florida. I enjoy hanging with friends, family and most of all my 5 year old pride and joy! I have been working in Management and Accounting for 7 years and when I‘m not crunching numbers or spending time with the fam you can usually find me party hopping somewhere around Orlando with my friends. My motto – “Live life to the fullest, party hard and don‘t be afraid to get a little dirty along the way.“‘
Click on the Kellie Web site and the intentions are plainly heard. The Gretchen Wilson song, “Here for the Party” starts playing and the lyric, “Gonna get a little crazy just because I can,” rings loud.
There also are some interesting pictures on the Kellie site. There’s one of Kellie in a black bikini in front of the stove with the title, “How my honey likes me to make dinner….humm.”
And just who is her new beau?
He’s a hunky fireman. How appropriate. No, she’s not too hot to handle. But she certainly needs someone to extinguish the still smoldering flames from her previous relationships.
Kellie apparently is burning a new trail and making new friends along the way.”
On April 11, 2006, Hanson reported that the My Space website for Kellie had disappeared about a day after the above was in the paper.
The website with Ballew’s picture on it was created on February 27, 2006, exactly two months after Steven and Michelle Andrews were murdered.
On October 18, 2008, the following from an Orlando paper:
“One of the most high-profile murder cases in history just ended in a hung jury, which will be retried, over the guilt of the accused, former Orlando resident Fred Cooper. Current Orlando resident Kellie Ballew is a major player as she was having an affair with Steven Andrews and fighting with Michelle Andrews, a married couple who were murdered in their home during the early hours of December 27th 2005.
“It was Kellie Ballew who pointed the Lee County Sheriff’s Office toward her live-in lover Fred Cooper, who is the father of their child Carly.
“Ms. Ballew and her fiance Joey Crisp, a used cars salesman, now live in Orlando and are planning on getting married on January 3, 2009 in Orlando.”
Don’t know what happened to the fireman mentioned in April, 2006.
This one is just waiting to be made into a Lifetime movie.
Here’s Fred Cooper in court during his trial.
New trial is set for February 17, 2009, in a new venue — Pinellas County.