Keely Kilpatrick: Woman charged with killing roommate “Dixie Cowe” while cleaning gun

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A Georgia woman is accused of fatally shooting her roommate while cleaning a gun.

Keely Kilpatrick 26, was still at the Wynhall Drive home in Gwinnett County — about 20 miles northeast of Atlanta — when police responded at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday and found her roommate, Dixie Cowe, 43, with a gunshot wound to the chest, police said.

Police determined that Kilpatrick had told her mother, who also lived at the residence, that she was going downstairs to clean a firearm when the mom heard a “loud noise sounding like a gunshot,” cops said in a news release.

She ran downstairs to check on her daughter, who “immediately told her that the gun accidentally went off and struck [Cowe],” the release continued.

Cowe later died from her injuries at a hospital.

Kilpatrick and her mother are cooperating with investigators, police said. Kilpatrick was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and remains held without bond at the Gwinnett County Detention Center, jail records show.

Brianna Johnson, Kilpatrick’s friend, told WSB-TV she believes that the shooting wasn’t intentional.

The charges are the latest legal trouble for Kilpatrick, who has been arrested on a variety of charges since 2010, including DUI, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission or attempt to commit certain felonies. Her latest arrest marked the third time she had been arrested this year, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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