Texas church shooter Devin Kelley allegedly purchased animals on Craigslist just to murder them. Kelley’s former Air Force colleague Jessika Edwards told CNN she supervised the killer for two years, from 2010 to 2012. Edwards revealed that Kelley told her he used dogs for “target practice.”
The former colleague told CNN that Kelley began sending her the bizarre Facebook messages in 2014. She said she couldn’t tell for sure if Kelley was making sick jokes or telling the truth, but it creeped her out enough to stop talking to him.
While Edwards and Kelley were still enlisted in the Air Force, Edwards said Kelley was obsessed with mass murder.
"He would make jokes about wanting to kill somebody," Edwards told CNN. "And we would say, 'wait, that's not funny.'"
When Kelley was disciplined for poor performance, Edwards recalled telling her bosses to "back off or he would shoot the place up."
Kelley had “problem after problem,” Edwards said.
"He threatened to kill himself one time if I didn't let him go see a chaplain," Edwards said. She said he had regular sessions with a chaplain, and that Air Force officials referred him to a mental health office.
On Monday, the Air Force admitted it failed to enter Devin Kelley’s domestic violence court martial into a federal database, which could have blocked him from buying the firearms he purchased and used to kill 26 people at a Texas church on Sunday. Under federal law, Kelley’s conviction should have prevented him from buying weapons, but according to the New York Times, he legally bought four firearms over the years.
The shooter behind Texas’ worst mass shooting in recent history assaulted his wife and toddler stepson in 2012. He cracked the child’s skull and choked, hit and pulled his wife’s hair. He was court-martialed for two counts of Article 128 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, assault on his spouse and assault on their child, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said Monday, according to CNN.
As a result, Kelley received a bad conduct discharge, confinement for 12 months and a rank reduction.
“The Air Force has launched a review of how the service handled the criminal records of former Airman Devin P. Kelley following his 2012 domestic violence conviction,” the Air Force said in a statement, adding that they were looking into other cases to make sure that all have been entered into the national database.
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