Ex-Wife Says Texas Shooter 'Had a Lot of Demons'

And an Air Force staff sergeant says Devin Kelley was 'a dude on the edge'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2017 4:57 PM CST
Air Force Staff Sgt. on Texas Shooter: 'He Scared Me'
Devin Kelley   (Texas Department of Public Safety via AP)

"He just had a lot of demons or hatred inside of him," Tessa Brennaman tells CBS News regarding her ex-husband, Devin Kelley, who killed 26 people in a Texas church last Sunday. Brennaman gave her first interview since the shooting Friday. The New York Times reports Brennaman was 19-year-old Tessa Loge when she married Kelley in 2011. She tells CBS their marriage was filled with abuse and she was afraid of him. She says he threatened to kill her and her family. After she got a speeding ticket in 2012, Brennaman says Kelley put a gun "to my temple and told me, 'Do you want to die?'" He hit her and fractured the skull of her baby. Kelley would later plead guilty and spend a year in a military prison. Brennaman would file for divorce.

Brennaman wasn't the only person afraid of Kelley. Jessika Edwards was a staff sergeant in the Air Force and worked with Kelley in 2011. She tells the Times he was "a dude on the edge." "This is not just in hindsight," Edwards says. "He scared me at the time." She says Kelley would be punished by superiors for not doing his work by being made to clean toilets or mop. "He would get so upset ... and just keep saying, 'I want to kill them,'" she says. Edwards says she eventually told others not to be so hard on Kelley or he would probably "shoot up the place." Things got even more upsetting after Kelley left the Air Force. Edwards says he would message her on Facebook about using dogs for target practice or about how "cool" what Dylann Roof did was. Roof fatally shot nine people in a church in South Carolina. (More Devin Kelley stories.)

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