Family of man charged in brutal murder of girlfriend speaks out

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The man accused of murdering his girlfriend by running over her with a car was in court Wednesday.

FOX13 got an exclusive interview with Santrez Traylor’s sister who said she is sticking by her brother’s side. The sister said this situation has been going on for at least 8 years.

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FOX13 investigated four affidavits and a copy of Traylor’s criminal history released by TBI. The reports indicate that he has been locked up before for domestic violence.

“I’ve been called to their home and I witnessed some of the arguments going on,” said Sentriace Smith, the sister.

Smith and her family were in the courtroom when Santrez Traylor faced a judge Wednesday.

Police said Amanda Petrowski, 31, was found dead after Traylor ran her over with his car Sunday night in front of their home in the 3200 block of Carnes Avenue.

“Speaking on the incident, that’s just not my brother, I just feel like something had to go wrong or it was a mistake or something, that’s not my brother, that’s not him at all,” said Smith.

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The murder stems from a domestic violence incident, according to police.

Witnesses said they saw Traylor using a brick to hit Petrowski.

Back in September, police were called out to the home three times in one day.  Petrowski told police

Traylor became angry and made threats to hurt their child.

“In most of the situations she was the aggressor, he just never reported the abuse,” Smith explained.

FOX13 spoke with a good friend of Petrowski through social media.  She was too afraid to show her face on camera because of fear of retaliation.

She said had this to say - “I loved her and I hope and pray justice is served. Her smile lit up every room she ever walked into. She knew this would happen one day.”

FOX13 went to Petrowski’s mother’s home, but no one came to the door. Traylor’s family said they wish he would have walked away from the relationship a longtime ago.

“I hate that this has happened, it’s ruined Two families,” Smith explained.

Traylor is due back in court next Thursday.

Police told Fox 13 the victim had been abused by Traylor dating back to 2014.