On Monday, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt revealed that although the in-laws of Devin Kelley, the man who allegedly killed at least 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas, weren't at the church where he carried out his massacre on Sunday, they did attend from “time to time.”
“We know that his ex-in-law, or in-laws, came to church here from time to time,” Tackitt said, according to USA Today. Tackitt's statement might be one of the first clues to emerge regarding Kelley's motive in carrying out the attack.
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As Independent Journal Review reported on Sunday, Kelley was married, and a LinkedIn profile indicated he previously taught Bible study. It's unclear, however, whether he attended the First Baptist Church.
In 2014, the military released Kelley from his U.S. Air Force service after he served a year in military prison for assaulting his then-wife and child, The Washington Post reported. Tessa K. Kelley, apparently Devin's wife, appeared to successfully obtain a divorce from her husband after filing in October 2012.
The Post had more details on Kelley's past:
Following his prison sentence, Kelley was reduced in rank and released from the military with a bad conduct discharge in 2014.
In August of the same year, he was charged with a misdemeanor count of mistreatment, neglect or cruelty to animals in El Paso County, Colo., where he lived at one point, records show. The case was eventually dismissed, although the details and circumstances surrounding the charge weren’t immediately clear.
Records indicate that Kelley lived for some period on a property valued at about $800,000 owned by his parents in New Braunfels, Tex., a rural suburb of San Antonio about 35 miles north of Sutherland Springs. The secluded home sits on 28 acres of wooded farmland, separated from the nearest main road by a long private driveway.
Neighbors told local media that Kelley lived in a barn in back of the 3,700-square-foot home with his current wife and 2-year-old son. They said the family had lived there for more than a decade.
During a press conference on Sunday, authorities said Kelley wore tactical gear while using an assault rifle to attack churchgoers.
Kelley exchanged gunfire with two armed citizens before fleeing and being chased by police. Kelley, Tackitt believed, eventually died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.