Steven Kelley kept multiple firearms in the home where he lived with his girlfriend, Chandra Nierman, 44, and he three children. On August 4, he assaulted Nierman and even used one of his guns to terrorize her, firing it several times while inside the home. But, on August 8, one of Kelley’s handguns would be his undoing.
Kelley, Nierman, and her three children – a 12-year-old son and two daughters, ages 15 and 16 – had moved to Forest City, North Carolina area recently, coming from Indiana.
A convicted felon with two active domestic violence protection orders against him, Kelley had multiple guns, according to a report by WYFF4, and often kept one with him.
On the night of August 8, Rutherford County deputies responded to a call of a shooting, arriving at Kelley and Nierman’s home on Lakeview Drive. Upon entering the residence, they found Kelley dead.
Over the course of the investigation, it was determined that Kelley assaulted Nierman. He began choking her while screaming that he was going to slit her throat and kill everyone else in the house.
Nierman’s son managed to make his way to a gun, which her 15-year-old daughter then took. The girl fired twice, striking Kelley in the chest both times. He was dead by the time law enforcement arrived.
One of the rounds fragmented, striking Nierman’s 16-year-old daughter in the leg. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment and then released.
According to deputies, Neirman had significant bruising as a result of the assault.
A few days after the shooting, deputies presented the case to the district attorney’s office. It was determined that no charges would be filed against the girl as the shooting was deemed justified.