The former wife of the gunman who rained terror on a Texas church has spoken out about her brief and turbulent marriage to the killer.
Tessa Brennaman, the 25-year-old first wife of shooter Devin Patrick Kelley, talked with Inside Edition on Friday, in her first interview since he killed 26 in a Sutherland Springs, Texas church last weekend.
‘He just had a lot of demons or hatred inside of him,’ said Brennaman, adding that Kelley had threatened to kill her and her whole family.
In once incident, Kelley flew into a rage over a speeding ticket, she recalled.
‘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? Do you want to die?”‘ Brennaman recalled.
The couple were married in April 2011, and divorced in October 2012, according to court documents.
In November 2012, Kelley, then 23, pleaded guilty to hitting, choking, kicking and pulling her hair, as well as fracturing the skull of her young son from a prior relationship.
He was confined to a military prison for one year in the case, and received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force.
The Air Force has admitted it failed to notify the FBI about the conviction, which would have barred Kelley from purchasing firearms.
Meanwhile, parishioners who survived the slaughter at First Baptist Church of Sutherland said Friday that a week before the massacre, Kelley acted bizarrely.
They said Kelley showed up at a church festival dressed in black and acted so strangely that people kept a close eye on him.
Kelley ‘was completely distant and way out in thought,’ recalled Judy Green. She and her husband said Kelley often exhibited troubling behavior.
At the fall festival held on Halloween night at the First Baptist Church, Kelley ‘didn’t even blink – he just stared,’ she said.
Rod Green, a former law enforcement officer in Montana, said when he saw Kelley arrive in all black, he examined him closely to make sure he was not carrying a gun.
The Greens both have licenses to carry handguns, and they are friends with Kelley’s in-laws.