The district attorney’s office for Rutherford County in Forest City, North Carolina, said that a 15-year-old who shot and killed her mom’s ex-boyfriend will not be charged. Channel 3 WNTV in Charlotte, North Carolina, published a story about the incident on their site.
The incident happened Wednesday, August 8, at a residence located on Lakeview Drive in Forest City. Police were called to the residence about shots being fired. Upon arriving, they discovered Stephen Kelley dead. He had been shot twice.
After an investigation, authorities learned that Kelley, former girlfriend Chandra Nierman, and her three children had moved to Forest City from Indiana. During the incident in question, Kelley had not only choked Nierman and threatened to cut her throat, he had also threatened to kill everyone in the home.
Neirman’s 12-year-old son grabbed a gun while Kelley choked his mother. The 15-year-old daughter grabbed the gun and fired twice at Kelley. One of the bullets grazed the 16-year-old daughter on the leg. After being treated at Spartanburg Hospital on Wednesday, the 16-year-old was released on Thursday, August 9.
Kelly, a convicted felon, had multiple firearms in the home. He frequently carried a firearm even though, by law, he wasn’t supposed to.
On Friday, August 10, the DA stated that there was ample evidence to show that the 15-year-old had probable cause to fire at and kill Kelly. The DA said that no charges will be filed.
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