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SC man dies after asking friend to test bulletproof vest

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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 it was around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday when 25-year-old Blake Wardell found an old bulletproof vest in a home in Honea Path, put it on -- then 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 vest's lining and into Wardell's heart.

Kelly faces up to five years in prison if convicted. She remains in the Anderson County jail on $10,000 bond, according to court records.

It wasn't known if she had a lawyer. A phone number for her was disconnected.

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