The Latest: Gunman's ex-friend says he requested sex favors
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) —
A former friend of the Texas church shooter says he had asked her for sexual favors and prevented his first wife from communicating with her friends.
The friend, Kelsey Huckaby, tells KTBC-TV in Austin, Texas, that during high school Devin Patrick Kelley was "kind of controlling of his girlfriends."
Huckaby says, Tessa, whom she had also been friends with, stopped talking to her. She says that after Tessa divorced Kelley that she said he had been abusing her and her baby and controlling with whom she communicated.
Huckaby says she lost contact with Kelley until he responded to a Facebook post she made in April asking for a place to stay for her and her boyfriend. She says Kelley offered to let them stay in a trailer on his property if she performed weekly "sexual favors" for him.
A person familiar with the discussions says Apple contacted the FBI to offer technical advice after learning from a Texas news conference that the bureau was trying to access the church gunman's cellphone.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the discussions.
Depending on the model of iPhone and what security features it had, FBI agents might have had a short window to use alternative methods to access its data.
For instance, if the iPhone used Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensing system, which is available in newer phone models, agents could have tried placing the dead gunman's finger on the phone to unlock it. But that could only have worked in the 48 hours since the last time the phone was locked.
A law enforcement official who has seen video from inside the Texas church says bullets splintered the walls and pews, several of which were overturned.
The church regularly video-recorded its services, and the official says the footage investigators have seen shows several minutes of the attack as there was "no one to turn it off." The official says it shows the gunman shooting some victims in the head.
The law enforcement official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly on an ongoing investigation.
The official was also among those who went in the church after the shooting and said several of the pews were overturned, although it was unclear if that was from the attack or rescue efforts once paramedics arrived. Some of the holes in the wall were large enough to see sunlight from the inside.
Four women tell the San Antonio Express-News that the suspect in the Texas church shooting either sexually assaulted or harassed them.
The newspaper identified the women only by their middle names at their request to remain anonymous and contacted family or friends to corroborate their stories, it reported (http://bit.ly/2hdUeK6 ) Tuesday.
One woman told the newspaper that Devin Patrick Kelley had forced her into performing sexual acts in 2011, but she never filed a police report. She says Kelley became obsessive and she changed her phone number to get away from him.
A second woman told the newspaper that Kelley made lewd comments at her during her freshman year of high school at New Braunfels High School in 2008-09 and slapped her buttocks. A school district official says she has no way of confirming the claim or whether it was reported.
Two other women told the newspaper that they were harassed and threatened by Kelley on Facebook after one had posted about being unhappy that Donald Trump was elected president.
District records show the Texas church gunman was increasingly a disciplinary problem during high school.
In fall 2006, Devin Patrick Kelley's sophomore year, he was suspended then sent to an alternative school for two months after a drug-related incident. New Braunfels school district records didn't go into any detail about that or other run-ins he had.
He was suspended twice as a junior and three times as a senior for reasons including "insubordination," "profane language/gestures" and "dishonest/false records."
With each passing year at New Braunfels High School, his grades slipped as well, according to the records. A B-student overall as a freshman, he failed several classes by his senior year and ended up ranked 260 out of 393 students in his graduating class in 2009. He finished with a 2.3 grade-point average.
The records also listed ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as one of his medical conditions.
The owner of a small Texas company that designs caskets is offering to provide a coffin to each of the families of the more than two-dozen people killed in last weekend's church shooting.
Trey Ganem, owner of Trey Ganem Designs in Edna, personalizes caskets at a cost of about $3,500. He wants to provide a custom-made one to each family free of charge.
He says Sunday's shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs was unfathomable because of the carnage brought to people who were worshipping.
Ganem's offer comes as officials say they intend to provide about $6,500 to each family to help cover funeral expenses.
Wilson County District Attorney Audrey Louis said at a news conference Tuesday that the money will come from a state fund set aside for crime victims.
Authorities put the death count in Sunday's shooting at 26, including the unborn baby of one of the slain women.
A U.S. official says authorities have reviewed a Texas congregation's video from inside the church showing a man shooting some victims -- including children -- in the head during morning worship.
The official's account of the video Wednesday is consistent with what witnesses attending the service said about the shooter's actions during the attack, which left at least two dozen people dead. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The same official confirmed the cellphone that belonged to the attacker was an iPhone but that the FBI had not yet asked Apple for help obtaining data from the device.
On Tuesday, Christopher Combs, the special agent in charge of the FBI's San Antonio division, said agents haven't been able to access the data on Devin Patrick Kelley's cellphone.
Authorities have released an official list of those killed in the shooting rampage at a Texas church.
Eight male victims and 17 female victims ranging in age from 1 to 77 are on the Texas Department of Public Safety list released Wednesday. The list also includes the unborn baby of Crystal Holcombe, identified on the list as Carlin Brite "Billy Bob" Holcombe, age 0 and gender unknown.
Eight of the victims slain Sunday at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs were children and teenagers ranging in age from 1 to 16 years old.
Authorities said one of the children died at a San Antonio-area hospital. The remaining victims all died at the scene.
Police reports indicate the gunman who killed more than two dozen at a small-town Texas church briefly escaped from a mental health center in New Mexico in 2012.
The Air Force confirmed Tuesday that Devin Patrick Kelley had been treated in a facility after he was placed under pretrial confinement stemming from a court-martial on charges that he assaulted his then-wife and hit her child. The service acknowledged Monday that it didn't enter Kelley's criminal history into the federal database as required by military rules.
Also, a police report from El Paso says Kelley was caught trying to bring guns onto Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico when he was stationed there.
Authorities say the death toll of 26 from Sunday's shooting includes the unborn baby of one of the women killed.