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SC woman fires shot at friend to test his bulletproof vest but she misses, and he’s dead

By Travis Gettys
Thursday, May 15, 2014 7:50 EDT
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A South Carolina woman shot and accidentally killed a friend while testing out his bulletproof vest.

Sheriff’s deputies in Anderson County said the victim, 26-year-old Blake Wardell, had been hanging out in a garage with about eight to 10 friends early Wednesday when they decided to try out the Kevlar vest.

Investigators said 18-year-old Taylor Ann Kelly fired a shot at Wardell’s chest but missed the Kevlar.

The victim’s friends performed CPR until paramedics arrived about 2:45 a.m., but Wardell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kelly was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter, which carries a possible five-year prison term, if she’s convicted.

Deputies said they found no evidence of heavy alcohol or drug use.

A judge set bond for Kelly at $10,000.

Watch this video report posted online by WHNS-TV:

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