Could mass church shooting have been averted if earlier rape charges been investigated?
Authorities in the hometown of the gunman who massacred worshippers at a Texas church are looking into whether they mishandled a sexual assault investigation of him four years ago.
Records released by the Comal County sheriff’s office on Monday include a June 2013 report of an alleged sexual assault that lists Devin Patrick Kelley as the suspect.
The report says deputies were sent to his family’s home in New Braunfels at 11:44pm on June 17, 2013, to investigate a ‘rape by force’ report.
Comal County Sheriff Mark Reynolds said Tuesday that it appears sheriff’s deputies investigated the case for three months after being called to Kelley’s home, but stopped investigating after they believed Kelley had left Texas and moved to Colorado.
The local district attorney says the case was never presented to her.
The alleged victim’s name is redacted in the report.
Eight months later, police were called to Kelley’s home again, this time to investigate a report that he assaulted his then girlfriend, Danielle Shields. Someone at the home said it was a ‘misunderstanding’ and again no arrests were made. Kelley married Shields three months later and they moved to Colorado soon after.
The revelation was made as more women came forward to detail Kelley’s disturbing sexual behavior and threatening ways.