Teenage girl accused of shooting dead a friend after he asked her to try out his bulletproof vest and she MISSED
- Taylor Kelly, 18, charged with involuntary manslaughter in shooting death of 26-year-old Blake Wardell
- Deputies in Grenville, South Carolina, say a round from Kelly’s gun went through the lining on Wardell’s flak jacket and struck him in the heart
A South Carolina teenager was charged with involuntary manslaughter after police say she fired a shot at a friend in a bulletproof vest, but missed the Kevlar and struck him in the heart.
Anderson County Sheriff’s Lt. Shelia Cole said Blake Wardell, 26, found an old flak jacket early Wednesday morning in Greenville, put it on and asked 18-year-old Taylor Kelly to shoot him.
Kelly fired a single round from a small-caliber handgun at the vest, but just missed. Authorities say the bullet went through the lining and into Wardell’s heart.
Investigators say they have found no evidence of heavy alcohol or drug use at the scene of the crime.
If convicted, the recent graduate of Belton Honea Path High School faces up to five years in prison.
She remains in the Anderson County jail awaiting a bond hearing.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a home on Broadmouth Church Road at around 2.45am and discovered a man lying in the garage with a gunshot wound to the chest, Fox Carolina reported.
Paramedics who were called to the scene attempted to revive Blake Wardell by performing CPR, but it was too late. He was pronounced dead on the spot.
Deputy coroner Don McCown determined that the 26-year-old victim bled to death.
Officials say Wardell, Kelly and six to eight other friends were hanging out together when the man came up with the ill-fated idea to try on the old flak jacket. Wardell’s death has been rule a homicide.
The victim’s family told deputies that Wardell had a history of mental illness. He is survived by his father, sister and girlfriend of less than two weeks.
On Wednesday, Blake’s parent, James Wardell, eulogized his son in a heart-breaking Facebook post.