Deaf couple describes brutal home invasion

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC) A deaf Mississippi couple was terrorized, beaten and robbed in their home last week.

Diann and Jimmy Kelley were in their kitchen when three men broke through a back bedroom window, entered their home, shut the lights off and attacked them.

Diann, 68, says the men flipped over the kitchen table, tied her up with duct tape over her mouth, wrists, and ankles, and beat her husband over and over with the ends of their rifles.

“He says they just kept beating him with the guns. He can’t count how many times they hit him,” their son Kevin said. “His hands are all swollen. They hit his hands because he was trying to cover his head. They broke that finger. They broke his ribs.”

Jimmy is now back at home after suffering two broken ribs, an ear that had to be stitched back together, and gashes in his head.

This was the second time the couple was targeted during a home invasion. But on the first occasion, Jimmy was able to grab a gun and shoot at the intruders, scaring them off. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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