Man dies while testing bulletproof vest

(WLTX) ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - Deputies say an 18-year-old South Carolina woman is charged with involuntary manslaughter after a shot she fired at a friend in a bulletproof vest missed the vest and hit him in the heart.

Anderson County Sheriff's Lt. Shelia Cole says 25-year-old Blake Wardell found an old bulletproof vest around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday in a home in Honea Path, put it on and asked Taylor Kelly to shoot him.

Cole says Kelly fired a small-caliber handgun at the vest, but just missed. Authorities say the bullet went through the lining and into Wardell's heart.

Kelly faces up to five years in prison if convicted. She remains in the Anderson County jail awaiting a bond hearing. It wasn't known if she had a lawyer. A phone number for her was disconnected.


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