May 16 – A second person has been charged in the death of Blake Wardell. Twenty-five year old Timothy Fisher was arrested yesterday and booked into the Anderson County Detention center just before 11pm and was also charged with involuntary manslaughter and will face a judge this afternoon.
In addition to Taylor Kelly’s initital charge, she is also facing charges of being an accessory after the fact.
May 15 – Sometimes being a friend means not shooting your friend…even if they ask you to. Anderson County Sheriff’s have charged 18-year-old Taylor Ann Kelly with involuntary manslaughter today for the death of 25-year-old Blake Randall Wardell of Honea Path, South Carolina.
Deputies responded to a call at 2:45am Thursday morning and discovered Wardell on the garage floor, with a gunshot wound to the chest. Paramedics were called to the scene but he was pronounced dead on the spot. He apparently bled to death after being shot while wearing a
not so bulletproof vest.
Kelly, Wardell, and about 8-10 other friends were hanging out late Wednesday morning in someone’s home when they decided to try on an old bulletproof vest and have someone shoot the person wearing it. Wardell was the unlucky wearer in this case, and he asked Kelly to shoot him. When she fired the small-caliber handgun, the bullet missed Kevlar, went through the lining and hit him in the heart.
Deputy coroner Don McCown said that the death will be classified as a homicide and that (surprisingly) there was no evidence of heavy drugs or alcohol use. Kelly is currently being held at Anderson County Detention Center. Her bond was set at $10,000. If convicted she will face a five year prison sentence,
The investigation is still on-going.
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