Get a peek inside the Caryn Kelley case files

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  • Caryn Kelley is accused of killing her boyfriend
  • According to prosecutors, Kelley has given several different explanations for the shooting
  • We gather all the important documents from the case
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Caryn Kelley trial: 29 evidence photos

Caryn Kelley trial: 29 evidence photos

In what promises to be a particularly intriguing case, Caryn Kelley will go on trial Monday in the alleged slaying of her boyfriend Phillip Peatross. Kelley is charged with manslaughter with a weapon and could get up to 30 years in prison.

The 48-year-old told police she pulled out a gun after she thought Peatross, 46, was an intruder. He was at her home earlier in the night, but she said he left and made her alarm beep upon his return.

Kelley says Peatross fought her for the gun, putting it to his head. The two struggled, according to Kelley, and the gun went off.

Prosecutors say Kelley has changed her story several times, claiming she also fired the gun in self-defense and alleging that Peatross shot himself.

See for yourself how the story unfolded by checking out some of the most important documents in the case:

The 911 Call

Kelley tells the dispatcher: "My gun went off in the house! My boyfriend just died! He's bloody! He needs an ambulance, 911!" She says it was a "self-defense thing," and she also calls it an accident. Read the transcript of the 911 call made by Caryn Kelley here.

The Cell Phone Video

Officers captured video on a cell phone after arriving on the scene of the shooting. One asks, "Is she drunk or something?" Read it the transcript of the cell phone video taken of Kelley here.

The Police Interview

Kelley tells the police that Peatross took the gun and put it to his head and it went off. She repeatedly asks for an update on his condition. An officer also says Kelley is "already coming up with the defense." 

Kelley recounts the same story, telling police Peatross left the home after an argument. When he returned later, she heard her alarm beep and grabbed the gun. Peatross fought her for the gun and it went off. Read the entire police interview with Caryn Kelley here.

The Medical Examiner's Report

There was one gunshot to Peatross' head, which entered through the right cheek. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide. Read the medical examiner's report here.

The Statement by Kelley's neighbor, Lois Legg

Legg and Kelly would watch each other's dogs. Legg said she saw Kelley fight with several boyfriends in the past, but never Peatross.

"He was always very quiet, easygoing, smiled a lot. He had beautiful teeth. And just an all-around, just a good guy. Just very quiet," she told police.

Legg noticed Kelley wasn't her usual "cheerful" self the weekend before Peatross' death. She also says she would hear Peatross' car come and go because the car was noisy. She never heard him leave on the night he died. Read Legg's entire statement here.

Neighbor and Officer Statements

Neighbor Alan Oppel says he would hear Kelley party late at night, and when she was intoxicated, she would get loud. On the night of Peatross’ death -- somewhere between 11 p.m. and midnight -- he heard Kelley yelling “just go” repeatedly. After about 10 minutes, the yelling seemed to subside.

Neighbor Megan Padilla woke up to noises from Kelley’s house at around 4:45 a.m. She was about to call police when she saw police cars drive up.

Officer Kruger was on the scene after Peatross was shot and says he heard Kelley say she told Peatross not to come back because she had a firearm and she would use it. He also heard Kelley tell a neighbor who was walking by that things were “not good.” Read the statements from these neighbors and Officer Kruger here.

Interview with Officer Christopher Chaplin

Chaplin was also on the scene after the incident. He says he heard Kelley telling another officer "things like, he had it [the gun] then she had it. Almost confused -- she was pretty hysterical.” Chaplin says he wasn't close enough to tell whether Kelley was intoxicated. Read the entire interview with Officer Chaplin here.

Interview with Officer Alex Chase

Chase describes the scene at Kelley's home after Peatross was killed. He says he saw the victim's body propped up against the bed and that the gun was close by. Read the interview with Officer Alex Chase here.

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