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Posted: 9/11/2010 1:27:38 PM EDT
Lucky that he didn't get shot and killed sooner.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/091110dnmetobsession.2708de8.html

Obsession with house he lost was the death of Dallas man


A foreclosure forced Donald Pennington Jr. to move out.

But until Tuesday night, nothing and no one could force him to move on.

That's when the man former neighbors described as "a nut" and "pure evil" was killed in the front yard of the southeast Dallas home that he never could seem to leave after he lost it in 1996.

Police say he was shot by the current resident, Nakisha Kelly, as he harassed her, something authorities and neighbors say he did constantly for the five years she has lived there.

"I think he was delusional in that he believed that he still owned the property and had been harassing her numerous times, and she's filed numerous reports trying to get him restrained from coming onto her property," said Dallas police homicide Sgt. Bruce McDonald. "He believes that he still owns the property. He's constantly coming over and telling her to get off her property."

Kelly wasn't the first to find Pennington, 60, at the home over and over again. Neighbors say previous occupants found him inside the house, watching TV on their sofa, or in the kitchen eating their food.

Kelly, 31, was not charged. She could not be reached for comment, and her father, Will Kelly of Mount Pleasant, referred calls to his attorney. The attorney did not return calls.

McDonald said the case will be referred to a Dallas County grand jury, but from the initial investigation, the shooting seems justified.

"It appears that she was trying to protect herself," he said. "If the evidence didn't support her story, we would have arrested her."

Years of incidents
By most accounts, Tuesday's shooting was the unsurprising end to years of harassment and threats against people who lived in the home after Pennington. Neighbors say – and court documents show – that after Pennington lost the home, he kept behaving as if it were his.

He kept his mail going to that address, even filing a police complaint as recently as three months ago claiming that someone was tampering with it. He would have the utilities disconnected there, and "at times when the house was vacant, he set up residence in the property," records show.

State driver's license records show Pennington listed at the house's address in the 7500 block of Gayglen Drive.

Two neighbors said this week that a former resident came home one day to find Pennington sitting at her kitchen table eating her food. Another time, different residents, a couple, returned to find Pennington lying on their sofa watching television.

Neighbors told police that the harassment was so intense that at least two residents moved away because they could not take it. A third, they said, threatened to kill him if it continued.

Those neighbors also say Pennington, who according to police stood just under 6 feet and weighed more than 300 pounds, often abused his wife, once breaking her arm. She took out a protective order against him in 1992, the year they divorced.

Reached by phone Thursday, she declined to comment.

Pennington's odd behavior apparently escalated after Will Kelly bought the house in 2005 and his daughter moved in. Burgess and other neighbors said Pennington would often stand across the street from the home and stare at it for hours, even during the hottest days of summer.

Court records show he also took out an insurance policy on the property, met with a contractor to have burglar bars installed and would call police to investigate Kelly's visitors. Neighbors said he would call tow trucks to have visitors' cars removed from the property.

"He was just torturing her," said one longtime neighbor who asked that her name not be used. "It was her house but it was like she was in prison."

Injunction ignored
That torture went to an entirely new level on June 4, 2006, when Kelly was served with official eviction papers ordering her to leave her own home. Pennington had previously filed two eviction lawsuits against Kelly's father – the legal owner – but both were dismissed. But Pennington won a third lawsuit by default after neither Kelly nor her father appeared in court to fight it.

Kelly was able to get that eviction order overturned, and in March 2007 a judge entered a permanent injunction against Pennington. Among other things, the injunction barred him from "entering or trespassing" on Kelly's property or coming within 500 feet of it; "causing any constable to oust" Kelly from the property; or "committing any further acts, harassment or interference" with the Kelly's ownership and occupancy of the property.

Neighbors along Gayglen said the injunction did little to stop Pennington. Willie Burgess, who lives on the street, attended a court proceeding with Kelly and said that when the judge told Pennington that he could send him to jail if he didn't behave, Pennington was unbowed.

"'I ain't scared of jail,' " Burgess said Pennington replied. " 'I've been to jail before.' "

It's unclear what drove Pennington to the tirades that neighbors say were often profanity laced and threatening. A court document shows that on New Year's Eve 2007, Parkland hospital prescribed a bevy of medications for Pennington, including one often used to treat bipolar disorder and another used to treat depression.

In April, Pennington was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault. Police say he attacked an acquaintance, Sammie Childs, with a knife because he believed Childs shortchanged him over $5 worth of fried chicken.

"He started talking crazy and pulled a knife," Childs said. "He just lost his temper."

The two tussled and both were cut before witnesses broke them up. The case was still pending when he was killed.

Neighbors say the harassment had made Kelly even more distraught recently, especially after someone broke into her home in March. Police said the intruder stole several items including a gun, a DVD player, a computer, and jewelry. The thieves also apparently used Kelly's own gun to shoot her 4-year-old Rottweiler. The dog survived, but no arrests have been made in the case.

Locksmith called in
Police say that Tuesday night's events began when Pennington called a locksmith to the home telling him that he had been locked out of his house. He verified his right to the property by showing the locksmith a state-issued identification bearing his name and the Gayglen Drive address. But when the locksmith opened the door, police said Kelly appeared with a gun.

The locksmith quickly began to leave and as he did, he heard two gunshots, but did not see the shooting, according to McDonald. He said Kelly, who called 911 and is heard on the tape telling Pennington to get off her porch, fired a warning shot first, and then a second shot that struck Pennington in the head.

"She was terrified of him," said McDonald, who also noted that Kelly was aware of Pennington's arrest in the April stabbing incident and she believed he had a "propensity" for violence. "She said that he started approaching her and started coming towards her and at that point, she was in fear for her life."
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 1:30:37 PM EDT
Sounds like something out of a movie...
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 1:31:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By EndlessSteven:
Sounds like something out of a movie...



If I would have caught this guy in my house and I didn't shoot him he sure as hell wouldn't be walking back over anytime soon, maybe wheelchairing back over.

Link Posted: 9/11/2010 1:32:06 PM EDT
Dude should have been offed by the first owner.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 1:34:17 PM EDT
Wow. What a nutbag.

Now at least the home owner will get some peace.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 1:35:30 PM EDT

"'I ain't scared of jail,' " Burgess said Pennington replied. " 'I've been to jail before.' "


Well she did not send you to jail this time
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 1:39:38 PM EDT
Wow a warning shot, then a head shot. Poor judgment of the warning shot aside, either she was a really good shot, or dude was so crazy he didn't move when he had a pistol point blank on his dome piece.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 1:45:42 PM EDT
craziest news story I've read in a while

Link Posted: 9/11/2010 1:57:34 PM EDT
The real blame is with misc authorities if this guy has been doing this to multiple owners since 1996.

Also wonder about disclosure to new buyers..."This house comes with a psychopath."
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 2:00:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/11/2010 2:01:13 PM EDT by 3rdpig]
So why was he not in jail? He'd broken into this house multiple times, stole their belongings, stalked them, harrassed them, violated orders not to go near them and committed other offenses, like removing things from their mailbox. Is "nuts" now an excuse not to be locked up for committing crimes? Where are our "Just call the police" theorists?
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 2:05:35 PM EDT
Good ending. She used good judgment and went for the head shot. No ER for him.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 2:06:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By EndlessSteven:
Sounds like something out of a movie...



If I would have caught this guy in my house and I didn't shoot him he sure as hell wouldn't be walking back over anytime soon, maybe wheelchairing back over.


Any man watching TV in my house is dead. You don't have a right to be there, I'm not waiting for you to get aggressive.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 2:09:20 PM EDT
Long overdue good shoot.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 2:19:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By EndlessSteven:
Sounds like something out of a movie...



If I would have caught this guy in my house and I didn't shoot him he sure as hell wouldn't be walking back over anytime soon, maybe wheelchairing back over.



That's how you Get Sued !!!!
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 2:24:56 PM EDT
The guy got what he deserved. This should have been settled legally many years before. A good shoot for the homeowner and another fail for the authorities.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 2:27:10 PM EDT
That is one fucked up story..

She had to do what the system and all previous occupants failed to do
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 2:39:31 PM EDT
Just call the the police, let the authorities handle it, don't take the law into your own hands......
Whole lot of shit heels let this crazy bastard keep on keeping on.
Public trust is getting really thin.

Dan
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 2:41:31 PM EDT
BOOM! Head shot.

This idiot should have been buried under the jail a long time ago.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 2:51:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Ranman223:
Originally Posted By Ponyboy:
Originally Posted By EndlessSteven:
Sounds like something out of a movie...



If I would have caught this guy in my house and I didn't shoot him he sure as hell wouldn't be walking back over anytime soon, maybe wheelchairing back over.



That's how you Get Sued !!!!



I have an office full of free lawyers! I don't give a shit!



Link Posted: 9/11/2010 3:02:37 PM EDT
Holy crap, 1996?!?!

One would think that in the course of 14 YEARS, something would have been done about the guy, either by the previous occupants or the authorities.

Good shoot.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 5:11:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 3rdpig:
So why was he not in jail? He'd broken into this house multiple times, stole their belongings, stalked them, harrassed them, violated orders not to go near them and committed other offenses, like removing things from their mailbox. Is "nuts" now an excuse not to be locked up for committing crimes? Where are our "Just call the police" theorists?


Gonna guess the police aren't the issue - it's the courts.

Brian

Link Posted: 9/11/2010 5:45:01 PM EDT
I think if I came home and found this nutjob inside, he would have been bought and paid for.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 5:52:51 PM EDT
What a sad and disturbing story....
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 6:02:45 PM EDT
good shoot.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 7:01:16 PM EDT
Originally Posted By EndlessSteven:
Sounds like something out of a movie...


Sounds like something that someone will be making into a movie really soon. That guy was a classic psycho.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 7:12:48 PM EDT
It doesn't seem like Texas would be the state to be that nutty in, at least not for very long.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 7:34:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/11/2010 7:36:00 PM EDT by DocBull]
HOLY FRUITY FUCKCAKES!
Is Texas not a castle doctrine state?
Why did this chick or dad of chick off this shitbag WAY before now?
Hmm seems the first time on property harassing and or threatening she could have left a smoking hole in his forehead.
Hell I would have offered to sledge hammer the crazy bastards knee caps for her.
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