Friends left with more questions than answers

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email
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SULPHER SPRINGS, TX (KLTV) - A KLTV 7 investigation shows the gun used to kill an East Texas man was purchased less than a half hour before it was used. Authorities say Kimberly McLarry shot and killed Alan McLarry last month at a car repair shop in Hopkins County off Highway 54, south of Sulphur Springs. A short time later, authorities say that gun purchase resulted in Kimberly's death when she pointed a gun at DPS troopers who were pursuing her. We wanted to know, since the gun was used so quickly after it was purchased, were all of the gun laws on the books followed?

"She asked me for a gun and said if I had a gun I'ld kill somebody," said Gil Edwards, a family friend.

The next morning, Kimberly McLarry shot and killed ex-husband Alan McLarry. It was an act she admitted to Edwards in a startling phone confession minutes after the shooting.

"I just stopped by there and killed the (expletive) because he said Mike Kenny was at your house," Kimberly says in the message. "I don't (expletive) think so. If he's not at your house what might that tell you when I stopped by yesterday to go get Mike Kenny and get your (expletive) guns loaded."

Her day started here the pawn shop in Sulphur Springs. They open at 7:30 am. According to Hopkins County sheriff's department, shortly before 9 a.m. Kimberly McLarry walked out the door owning a shotgun and a handgun.

Hopkins County authorities say close to 30 minutes later, she shot and killed Alan at Mike's Garage. Owner Mike Kenny arrived minutes later.

"I rolled Alan over to get a look at him to see what kind of shape he was in," said Kenny. "That's when he grabbed me by the arm and I said, 'Alan, who shot you?'"

McLarry couldn't respond but for Kenny it didn't matter.

"There was absolutely no doubt in my mind who had done it," said Kenny.

For weeks we've called DPS, Texas Rangers, and county authorities, asking if McLarry passed the required background test for her $800 gun purchases. But they all said that because the investigation is ongoing, they cannot answer the question. We have also called the pawn shop that McLarry bought the guns at. They have refused to go on camera. But the pawn shop told us that everyone who buys a gun must pass the check, including McLarry. They have that report, but they refuse to release it, which just leaves the friends of Alan McLarry more questions than answers.

"Alan had no enemies," said Kenny. "I don't know of anyone Alan had ever done anything to. It was a senseless killing."

Since 1993, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS is used to keep guns out of the wrong hands. More than 100 million such checks have been made in the last decade, leading to more than 700,000 denials.

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