Texas Church Shooter's Ex-Wife: 'He Just Had a Lot of Demons'


Public records show that Kelley married Tessa Kelley in 2011 and they divorced in 2012.

She added that in 2013, Kelley pleaded guilty to choking her, pulling her hair and kicking her along with smashing her young boy's head giving him a fractured skull. A military jury sentenced him to 12 months confinement and a bad conduct discharge.

In an exclusive interview that will air on Inside Edition Monday, Tessa Brennaman revealed how she is still traumatized by her relationship with Devin Kelley, the gunman who murdered 26 people in Sutherland Springs on November 5.

Brennaman claimed that Kelley pulled a gun on her after she got a speeding ticket, CNN reported.

'And he had a gun in his holster right here and he took that gun out, and he put it to my temple and he told me, "Do you want to die?"

Kelley was amusing and charming at first, she said, but he turned abusive. She says he frightened her. "He would make jokes about wanting to kill somebody", she said.

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One member of the community, Judy Green, said he was "completely distant and way out in thought".

The Greens both have licenses to carry handguns, and they are friends with Kelley's in-laws. Around that same time, Kelley was charged with assaulting Brennaman and her child from a previous relationship. "There was something wrong with the picture". 'I was thinking forward, and that was what was scaring me'.

Law enforcement officers gather in front of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after a fatal shooting, November 5, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

A motive for the mass shooting remains unclear, but Kelley appears to have targeted a church that was long attended by his second wife Danielle Shield's family.

The shooter then died of a self-inflicted wound after being shot and chased by two residents when he was leaving the church, authorities said. Pastor Frank Pomeroy, who lost his adopted daughter in the attack, said leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention collectively made the decision to demolish the church, after it was deemed too painful to continue using the building as a place of worship.

Eleven people were still in the hospital Friday with wounds from the shooting. Sunday's services will be held at a nearby baseball field.