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Grandmother won't be charged with murder after killing boyfriend

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A Savannah grandmother will not be charged with murder, after admitting to killing her on-again-off-again boyfriend of 20 years.

Carol Brown, 59, says she endured years of abuse, ending in a violent January 30 fight. A Chatham County grand jury Wednesday returned a no bill of indictment against Brown, who says she suffocated and strangled 67-year-old Willie Kelly in self-defense.

She spoke exclusively with WTOC about what happened.

"After you've been hit like that so many times, you're not all there anyway, and the turn of events and the turn of circumstances, the way things turned out, it was like someone else intervened," she said. "All I could think about is someone coming to help me out of this situation that I was in. That was all I wanted."

Brown learned Wednesday night from a WTOC reporter that a grand jury had declined to indict her for malice murder. She said couldn't believe the ordeal really was over, that she's still having a hard time accepting that she'll never see Kelly again.

"As close as we were, and he was in my life for as long as he had been, you never forget. Even though he's gone, I won't forget him," she said.

"Do you miss him?"

"Yes I do."

Brown's 3-year-old granddaughter watched the fight that ended with Kelly dead. She told police that he hit her four times in the face.

She told WTOC she turned to the toddler for help, telling her "find grandmama's phone.

I wanted my cell phone, and I could not find my cell phone to call for help."

Brown says she thought she would die that night.

"I felt that. I felt that, like I said, from what was said to me, I felt that this was it."

Brown said she's lived the past six months in fear, that any day she might be taken from her family and spend the rest of her life in jail.

"You don't think about not worrying because you know one way or another, you're going to worry," she said. "But in my heart, I felt like, you know, some peace as far as I was concerned that I knew I had not done anything wrong."

As to what she'd do if she could re-live that night…

"I wish that he was still able to live his life and do the things he wanted to do," she said. "I wish things turned out differently. I wish we could've walked away from one another and went our separate ways and he was still alive today. That's what I wish every day."

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