Church Shooter's Ex-Wife Reveals Disturbing Details of Their Marriage

November 11, 2017Nov 11, 2017

The first wife of Devin Patrick Kelley, Tessa Brennaman, has come forward to talk about their violent marriage. The two married in 2011, and they divorced in 2013.

Kelly is the Texas gunman, who massacred the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. He killed 26 people in the church and injured around 20 others.

In her first interview, Brennaman said on Friday that she lived in constant fear of him, reported CBS.  More information has also come to light about his actions in the weeks leading up to the shooting.

Brennaman, 25, was Kelley's first wife. She was not the wife whose parents attended the Sutherland Springs church. The parents of his second ex-wife, Danielle Shields Kelley, were the ones threatened by Kelley.

Brennaman revealed that Kelley had a very dark side during their marriage. This was not a man who snapped and became a mass shooter overnight.

”He just had a lot of demons or hatred inside of him," she told "Inside Edition."

In 2013, Kelley pleaded guilty to hitting, choking, kicking, and pulling Brennamna’s hair. The then-23-year-old Air Force airman also admitted to fracturing the skull of her young son.

In Friday’s interview, Brennaman described the marriage as “filled with abuse.” She said he even once threatened to kill her over a speeding ticket.

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

The guilty plea earned Kelley a one-year sentence in a military prison, followed by a bad-conduct discharge.

Brennaman also revealed that Kelley threatened to kill her and her whole family.

Two longtime parishioners also spoke to Kelley’s odd behavior less than a week before the shooting. They said he showed up at a fall festival at the church dressed in black, and he acted so strangely that people kept a close eye on him.

Kelley "was completely distant and way out in thought," recalled Judy Green. Both she and her husband said Kelley often exhibited troubling behavior.

Green also said that while at the festival, Kelley "didn't even blink—he just stared," she said.

Rod Green, a former law enforcement officer in Montana, added that when he saw Kelley arrive in all black, he examined him closely to make sure he was not carrying a gun. CBS says the Greens both have licenses to carry handguns, and they are friends with Kelley's in-laws.

Green also notes that, if Kelley had been carrying a weapon, he would have escorted him away because of all the children there. Judy Green said she positioned herself to keep an eye on Kelley at all times.

"There was something wrong with the picture," she said. "I was thinking forward, and that was what was scaring me."

At a Christmas dinner one year, Kelley had "bragged about being armed," Rod Green said.

Investigators have said Sunday's shooting appeared to stem from a domestic dispute involving Kelley and his mother-in-law from his second marriage. He sent threatening messages to her. The mother-in-law sometimes attended services at the church but was not present on Sunday. Kelley died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound after the massacre.

Please pray for everyone involved in the shooting. It will be a long road to emotional and physical recovery. In related news, read about the miraculous news the pastor receievd after the shooting. 

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