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2 charged in death of friend wearing bulletproof vest

By Melissa Gray, CNN
updated 2:32 PM EDT, Fri May 16, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Investigators: One person is charged with involuntary manslaughter
  • The victim asked his friends to shoot him, the sheriff's office says
  • One of the shots missed the bulletproof vest and he bled to death, coroner says

(CNN) -- A South Carolina man put on a bulletproof vest and asked his friends to shoot him, investigators said. Now he's dead and two of his friends are facing charges.

Deputies responding to a call at 2:41 a.m. Wednesday found Blake Randall Wardell, 25, lying in the garage of a home with a single gunshot wound to the chest, the Anderson County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputy Coroner Don McCown told CNN affiliate WHNS that Wardell bled to death.

Investigators on Friday charged Timothy Dwayne Fisher, 25, with involuntary manslaughter in the case, the sheriff's office told CNN. The charge carries a maximum of five years in prison.

Another friend, Taylor Ann Kelly, 18, was charged with accessory after the fact for concealing information in the case, said sheriff's Lt. Sheila Cole. That charge carries a prison term of up to three years.

Wardell had been hanging out with a group of friends Tuesday night when they decided to try on the vest and have someone shoot them, McCown told WHNS.

Investigators said when it was Wardell's turn wearing the vest, the .22 long rifle bullet missed the Kevlar portion and hit him in the chest.

The investigation is continuing, Cole said, and more charges are anticipated.

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