RALEIGH — A Raleigh man was charged Thursday with fatally shooting his wife just months after she secured domestic violence protective orders against him and his adult son.
Raleigh police say Agata Filipska Vellotti, 43, died after being shot at 11501 Colbert Creek Loop in the Meridian at Wakefield apartments around 9 a.m.
Her husband, Mario Vellotti, 64, has been charged with her murder. Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Vellotti turned himself in at departments downtown district office later in the morning, but he was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh for medical evaluation before being booked into the Wake County jail.
Sughrue said that, although the couple was married, they had separated. Their 7-year-old son is in custody of an appropriate public agency, he added.
Court documents indicate tension and violence had been building in the Vellotti family for the past couple months.
On June 29, Agata Vellotti filed for domestic violence protective orders against Mario Vellotti, and his son, Stefano Vellotti, stating in court documents that she felt threatened by each of them and that her husband had assaulted her in front of their young son.
She wrote in her request that there were multiple occasions when she stayed with a neighbor after violent incidents in the 2728 Kinsley Place home she shared with her husband, her stepson and her stepsons wife.
On one occasion when her husband battered her in the car while arguing about vacation plans, Agata wrote that she and her son took refuge at a neighbors house, who took her to Interact, a nonprofit in Wake County that supports victims of domestic violence and assault.
In July, a judge granted the restraining order.
Mario Vellotti also sought a domestic violence protective order against his wife the same day she sought one against him. In court documents, he wrote that he had lost a lot of money in the economic downturn and felt that had changed his relationship with his wife.
When the money stopped, she became a totally different person and no longer wants to be with me, he wrote.
Mario also wrote that he believed his wife did not want to stay in America and was willing to do whatever she has to do to leave. At one point, she tried to get a Polish passport for their son, he wrote.
The court, however, did not find there was enough grounds to grant Mario Vellottis request.
On Thursday night, yellow crime tape cordoned off the Kinsley Place two-story home, located about 7 miles from the apartment where Agata Vellotti was killed. Property records indicate that Stefano Vellotti owns the home.
Its a different day than it was yesterday in terms of awareness of crazy things that can happen in your neighborhood, neighbor Benjamin Schramm said.
As he got to know them, Schramm said he learned the couple met each other in Poland, and Agata Vellotti moved to America to be with Mario Vellotti. Though she was an artist and made jewelry, she did not work outside the home and spent her time caring for their young son, he said.