Texas Church Shooter's Ex-wife Says He Abused, Threatened to Kill Her

Speaking exclusively to Inside Edition, Tessa Brennaman recalled how Devin Kelley bragged about killing a dog, exchanged explicit text messages with other women and even sexually assaulted her.

"He just had a lot of demons or hatred inside of him", CNN quoted her as saying on a television show. For instance, one could not sue the commanding general that permitted a jury instead of a judge to sentence Kelley in 2012, which resulted in him getting only getting a one year prison sentence and a bad conduct discharge, as that was a discretionary decision.

"He had a gun in his holster right here and he took it out and he put it to my temple. Do you want to die?'" The couple got a divorce shortly there after. In November 2012, he pleaded guilty to abusing his ex-wife and her infant son after he fractured the young child's skull.

The basis for a lawsuit could stem from the fact that the Air Force failed to enter the shooter Devin Kelley's information into an Federal Bureau of Investigation database after he had been convicted in 2012 of domestic violence, which would have prohibited him from possessing firearms, Stars and Stripes reports.

He then put a gun to her head and threatened to kill her.

In 2015, Edwards said Kelley became obsessed with Dylann Roof, the white gunman who killed nine black people in a Charleston, S.C. church.

"There would be times where I would be on the floor curled up, and having to protect my organs because he would be violently kicking me on my side", she said in the interview clips released by "Inside Edition".

The Greens both have licenses to carry handguns, and they are friends with Kelley's in-laws. Judy Green said she positioned herself to keep an eye on Kelley at all times.

"If we wanted to go do something and had an appointment at 5 o'clock and I wasn't ready to leave by a certain time, he would beat me", she said. "I was like, who thinks like that?" "Had they done so, Kelley would not have been able to purchase the weapon he used".

The mother-in-law sometimes attended services at the church but was not present on Sunday.

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.

Before the church is demolished, it will serve as a temporary memorial, said Rod Green, who also serves as the grounds steward for the church. But Kelley was convicted in November 2012, a week after the sample period ended, and it appears that his case was never looked at again.

Vanessa Coleman

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