FOREST CITY, NC (WYFF) - A 15-year-old girl who shot and killed her mother’s boyfriend will not be charged, according to the district attorney’s office.
Rutherford County deputies were called Wednesday night to a home on Lakeview Drive in Forest City about a shooting.
They found Steven Kelley dead in the home with two gunshot wounds.
Deputies learned that Kelley and his girlfriend, Chandra Nierman, 44, and her three children, a son, 12, and daughters, 15 and 16, had recently moved to the area from Indiana.
Investigators determined that Kelley had attacked Nierman and was choking her, yelling that he was going to cut her throat and kill everyone in the house.
Nierman’s son went and got a gun and her 15-year-old daughter took the gun from her brother and fired it twice, hitting Kelley in the chest.
Deputies said one of the rounds fragmented, and grazed Nierman’s sixteen-year-old daughter in the leg. She was taken to Spartanburg Regional Hospital and was released Thursday.
Deputies said Nierman had significant bruises from the attack.
Deputies said they learned that Kelley had threatened Nierman repeatedly and that on Aug. 4, he assaulted her and fired a gun several times inside the home to threaten and terrorize her.
Deputies said Kelley, who was a convicted felon, had multiple guns in the house and frequently carried one.
Kelley had two active domestic violence protection orders against him from two different women in Indiana and Ohio, although no domestic violence or assaults had been reported to law enforcement agencies locally prior to the fatal shooting, deputies said.
Deputies presented the case to the district attorney’s office on Friday. The DA's office concluded, based on the facts and the evidence, that the shooting was justified and no charges will be filed.