A woman who was once married to the Texas church gunman is breaking her silence about the abuse she suffered at his hands — including the terrifying moment he held a gun to her head.
In an exclusive interview that will air on Inside Edition Monday, Tessa Brennaman revealed how she is still traumatized by her relationship with Devin Kelley, the gunman who murdered 26 people in Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5.
"He would choke me, punch me, kick me," Brennaman, Kelley's first wife, told Inside Edition's Steven Fabian. "There would be times where I was on the floor curled up and I would have to protect my organs because he would be violently kicking me."
Brennaman met Kelley at a hamburger shop where they both worked and she found him funny and charming. But soon after they married and moved from Texas to New Mexico, he became abusive and even sexually assaulted her, she said.
Afterwards, Kelley would warn her against seeking help.
"He's like, 'I could just bury you somewhere in the desert and no one would ever find you,'" she said.
In one startling incident, she said he even pulled out a gun and held it to her head as they drove along a desolate highway.
"He said, 'Do you want to die? Do you want to die?'" she recalled.
He then pointed the gun toward himself and admitted to abusing her baby son.
"I was so angry," she said through tears.
Tune into Inside Edition Monday for more of the exclusive interview with Tessa Brennaman and to hear how she reacted when she found out her ex-husband was behind the massacre.