Ex tells of life of fear and vi­o­lence with church killer

‘He’d choke, punch and kick me’

Toronto Sun - - NEWS -

The de­mented mass shooter who mer­ci­lessly gunned down 26 in­no­cent church­go­ers in Suther­land Springs, Tex., last week bragged about snap­ping his pet dog’s neck and threat­ened to ex­e­cute and bury his wife in a shal­low grave.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively with Inside Edi­tion, Devin Kel­ley’s ex-wife re­called how ex­cru­ci­at­ing it was to be mar­ried to a man whose sick­en­ing rage and abuse even­tu­ally led to one of the worst mass shoot­ings in state his­tory.

“He would choke me, punch me, kick me,” Tessa Bren­na­man, 25, told Inside Edi­tion, adding that Kel­ley also sex­u­ally as­saulted her in ways she couldn’t stom­ach dis­clos­ing.

“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.”

Bren­na­man re­called Kel­ley, 26, hold­ing a gun to her head prior to their di­vorce af­ter she’d asked him to slow down as he er­rat­i­cally sped on a Lone Star State high­way.

“He took (out his gun) and he put it to my (tem­ple),” a vis­i­bly shaken Bren­na­man added.

“He told me, ‘Do you want to die? Do you want to die?’ ”

She even­tu­ally filed for di­vorce af­ter learn­ing her mon­ster husband had frac­tured her baby’s skull — an in­ci­dent that landed

Kel­ley in a mil­i­tary prison be­fore he was dis­charged from the Air Force.

Kel­ley killed more than two dozen peo­ple in a shoot­ing Nov. 5 at the First Bap­tist Church in Suther­land Springs.

He died of what ap­peared to be a self-in­flicted gun­shot wound af­ter the mas­sacre.

Kel­ley went aisle to aisle look­ing for vic­tims and shot cry­ing ba­bies at point-blank range, ac­cord­ing to wit­ness ac­counts.

The dead ranged in age from 18 months to 77 years old.

About 20 peo­ple were wounded in the shoot­ing.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have said the at­tack ap­peared to stem from a do­mes­tic dis­pute in­volv­ing Kel­ley and the mother of his cur­rent wife.

The mother-in-law some­times at­tended ser­vices at the church but wasn’t there the day of the shoot­ing.

BREN­NA­MAN Abused

KEL­LEY Mur­dered 26

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