The Texas church shooter has a disturbing history of domestic violence, including charges of animal cruelty and fracturing his infant stepson’s skull
- Nov. 7, 2017, 10:53 AM
The gunman behind the mass shooting at a Texas church had a lengthy rap sheet and a history of abuse and harassment.He was discharged from the Air Force after fracturing his infant stepson’s skull and assaulting his wife. He also was arrested for animal cruelty and is said to have stalked his ex-girlfriends, at least of whom was a minor when they dated.
A day after at least 26 people were killed in a mass shooting at a Texas church, disturbing details about the gunman’s past continue to emerge.
Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, was found dead in his car miles from the scene of the shooting. The official cause of death has not been released, although investigators believe he committed suicide.
Kelley had a lengthy rap sheet. He once fractured his infant stepson’s skull, was arrested for animal cruelty, and had a history of harassing ex-girlfriends, NBC News reported.
The former Air Force member was court-martialed in 2012 on two charges of assault at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, according to the report. A source from the Air Force said Kelley was convicted of fracturing his infant stepson’s skull and assaulting his first wife. He was given a bad conduct discharge in 2014, according to the report.
The report also cited two of Kelley’s ex-girlfriends who said Kelley harassed and stalked them after they broke up.
“Years after dating me he would try to bribe me to hang out with him,” Kelley’s former girlfriend Katy Landry told NBC News. “He ended up assaulting me. He would stalk me by repeatedly calling me — even prank calling me, saying really weird stuff.”
“That was another thing about him — he was very sick in the head … He would tell me very sick strange things,” she said, without elaborating.