A woman who claimed that her friend asked her to shoot him in the bulletproof vest reportedly lied to investigators about the incident that led to his death.
Taylor Ann Kelly, 18, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Blake Randall Wardell, 25, after she told Anderson County investigators that he asked her to shoot him after he put on a bulletproof vest.
Kelly claimed she missed the vest and the shot hit Wardell in an unprotected area of his chest.
Wardell bled to death at the scene, according to WHNS-TV.
NBC News is reporting that the story given by Kelly to investigators was a lie.
Wardell was allegedly actually shot in the heart with a small-caliber weapon.
A second man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, and the manslaughter charge against Kelly has been dropped. Kelly is now being held on a charge of being an accessory after the fact to a felony.
The reason Kelly reportedly lied in her initial statement has not been released by the sheriff’s office. Nor have any further details been given about the shooting.
The sheriff’s department did say further arrests were possible.