Often speaking through heavy sobs and wiping away tears, Cris Ingerson told jurors she heard the father of three of her four children say he would shoot her boyfriend of a few months if he showed up at their Greenway Drive home.
Not long after that April 2018 declaration, she saw gun fire as she stumbled away from Stanley McFalda Jr. in the front yard of the Elizabethtown residence she shared with Bradley Anderson.
“As I got up, I saw a flash from gun fire,” Ingerson said. “He (McFalda) stumbled back and fell.”
As she cried in describing the final seconds of McFalda’s life on April 5, 2018, members of McFalda’s family and friends could be heard crying in the courtroom.
Ingerson, who now lives in Florida with her children, spent nearly 2½ hours testifying Friday afternoon, at times taking deep, heavy breaths and frequently reaching for tissues.
She had met McFalda, a father of two and an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran, about seven months before he was struck by one bullet in the head and died, she said.
He was a truck driver for Coca-Cola and she worked at a FiveStar Convenience Store in Radcliff. His stops delivering products on Mondays and Thursdays turned into daily visits when she worked.
“He found more and more reasons to come to the store,” she said, offering one of the few smiles she had as she testified.
They began talking more and started dating in January and made it official in a social media post April 2, 2018, on Facebook, which said they were in a relationship.
Anderson, 34, knew of their relationships at times, Ingerson said, seemed fine with it. The three of them often hung out together and went out to eat. McFalda, 26, often would come to the Greenway Drive home with Anderson’s approval.
Anderson and Ingerson met each other in New York state and moved to Kentucky in 2016 when some family and friends also relocated to Elizabethtown. When Ingerson and Anderson’s relationship hit a rough spot, she said she moved in with friends in Meade County. They had known each other since 2007, she said.
Ingerson moved out just weeks before the shooting, she said, on the encouragement of Anderson, who then offered her a chance to return to the Elizabethtown home they once shared to live with him and a new girlfriend.
When his relationship ended, he settled into a bedroom in the basement and she had one upstairs and all four children lived in the home.
She said Anderson grew increasingly frustrated with her relationship with McFalda. In late March, he complained after the two drove to his father’s Meade County farm.
“He was not happy,” Ingerson said. “He was frustrated because we were taking longer than anticipated.”
She later found out, she testified, that Anderson allegedly had pointed a gun at McFalda and his daughter that day. She said McFalda and Anderson had ironed out their differences and McFalda brought him two marijuana joints as a “peace offering.”
The 14 jurors each received a booklet of more than 200 text messages exchanged between Ingerson and Anderson on April 4 and April 5. She described the tone of some of his text messages, at times, as “odd.”
Jurors also heard about messages being sent by someone named “Joe Smith” to Ingerson and others to let McFalda’s estranged wife, Heather, know that he was in a new relationship. Ingerson testified there also were accusations that McFalda had struck his daughter, a claim Ingerson disputed on the stand.
When Ingerson confronted Anderson about the text messages, he said that “he also had been receiving” messages from someone named “Joe Smith” and brushed it off, she said. Ingerson and Anderson shared the same phone plan and log in information, she testified.
On April 5, as she worked and Anderson was off from his job at Bob Evans Restaurant, he kept texting her and she kept replying, often asking if he was OK.
At one point, she read a series of texts out loud Friday.
Anderson texted her, “Goodbye Cris, just in case.” She replied, “In case of what?” He replied back, “Just in case.”
He later texted that he “had a lot of things to take care of” and “remember, there is no cost that I won’t pay. See you when I see you. I will always love you.”
Once off work, she and McFalda spent time together April 5 and she said Anderson told her to warn him when McFalda was at the house. She did and McFalda left.
She testified that she immediately went downstairs where she thought Anderson would be and found him. On his bed, she said, was her gun and holster and as well as his gun and magazines for the guns.
Ingerson described Anderson’s behavior at that point as “very hostile.”
She then reconnected with McFalda on her phone and had it on speaker when Anderson told McFalda that he no longer was welcome at the house because of the accusations about striking his child.
Ingerson said McFalda said he wanted to “talk it out” and he returned to the house just after 9 p.m. He parked his truck across the street, lit a cigarette and approached the house. Inside the truck, investigators found several rounds of ammunition, a knife, no guns, a smoking pipe with marijuana residue in it and a can with some marijuana inside, according to investigators.
When McFalda approached the house, Anderson was outside and Ingerson was in the doorway so she went out and approached McFalda, she told jurors, putting her arms around his neck to stop him. She said McFalda and Anderson “were loudly talking.’’
She said McFalda said to Anderson, “then just do it!’’ He replied as he stood a number of feet behind Ingerson, he wouldn’t with her in front of him. So McFalda shoved Ingerson to the side, she said, and then she heard gun fire.
With McFalda in the yard, she leaned over him and placed her hands on his head in an attempt to stop his bleeding, according to testimony.
The defense claims the shooting was a case of self defense and that McFalda had been warned to stay away from the house and to not be on Anderson’s property.
McFalda was unarmed.
Defense attorney Darren Wolff challenged Ingerson about conflicting testimony between her interviews with police in April compared to her appearance in court Friday, as well as the claim that McFalda returned to 929 Greenway Drive “to just talk.”
She admitted McFalda was “not happy” when he came back to the home.
Wolff again pointed out what he perceived as flaws in the investigation. Elizabethtown Police Department Officer Ryan Slaubaugh wore gloves while handling evidence, such as Anderson’s weapon found in the front yard.
On Thursday, Officer Matt Berry, who was first on the scene, said he had handled the weapon without gloves.
Wolff also said he couldn’t understand how there were no measurements taken of the gun from McFalda’s body or from his truck to where he died.
EPD Detective Chase McKeown testified he was the first person to speak with Anderson at the shooting scene.
“I said, ‘Where’s the shooter?’
“The defendant said, ‘I am.’”
The trial resumes Monday in Judge Kelly Mark Easton’s courtroom at the Hardin County Justice Center.