By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
An old fortune cookie meme reads: “A fool and his wearing of body-armor is soon departed.” But apparently this wisdom did not make it to Honea Path, SC in time where Blake Wardell and some friends were inside a garage where he found a bulletproof vest.
According to, wait for it….Deputy Coroner Don McGowan, Blake asked someone to shoot him. Not wanting to miss such an opportunity another guest fired a small caliber firearm at him. The bullet missed the Kevlar panel of the vest and struck Blake in the heart, killing him.
But the intrigue was not about to stop there.
Allegedly after the shooting of Blake, Taylor Ann Kelly had told sheriff’s investigators she was responsible for the shooting. She was then arrested and charged with Involuntary Manslaughter. But according to sheriff’s deputies the next day she admitted that she lied about the shooting and then provided a statement that corroborated other evidence found at the scene.
Afterward, evidence allegedly implicated Timothy Fisher and he is now the one charged with Involuntary Manslaughter. Taylor’s charge was amended to Accessory After the Fact of a Felony.
One has to wonder if having a spare bulletproof vest lying around the garage could be considered an attractive nuisance.
By Darren Smith
Mandarin Dragon Restaurant, Gorst, Washington. Cookie Retrieved April 1, 1986
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