RALEIGH — A man charged last week with killing his wife called 911 and his attorneys office shortly after the shooting and calmly confessed, according to recordings of the calls released Friday.
Im going to the police department in Raleigh to turn myself in, the man said in a composed tone. I just shot my wife.
Police say the man is Mario Vellotti, 64, who was charged with murder Aug. 30, the day his wife, Agata Filipska Vellotti, 43, was found shot to death outside the Meridian at Wakefield apartments.
The 911 dispatcher who fielded the call asked him where the shooting took place.
Somewhere near North Pine Elementary, the man said.
Somewhere near? What do you mean somewhere near? asked the dispatcher.
In the street, the man said.
The call was made about 9:17 a.m. The caller would not tell the dispatcher where he was or what kind of car he was driving.
Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said Velloti turned himself in at the downtown precinct of the Raleigh Police Department later that morning. He complained of chest pains and was taken to WakeMed for medical evaluation before being taken to jail. Police have not released a possible motive for the shooting.
Someone from Vellottis attorneys office called 911 that morning to report his call.
We advised him to surrender himself and turn himself in, but he did not tell us where he was going or where he was at this point, said the caller, whose name will not be released. She said Vellotti was a client of the firm.
Before the shooting, the Vellottis were involved in a legal battle over the custody of their 7-year-old son. Agata Vellotti had recently moved out of the home she had shared with her husband, his adult son from another marriage and his sons wife.
She 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 son.
In her written request for the protective order June 29, Agata Vellotti requested that her husband be prohibited from possessing or purchasing a firearm. At the time the request was filed, she wrote that he did not have a gun. Although a judge ordered that Vellotti not assault, threaten, abuse, follow, harass (by telephone, visiting the home or workplace or other means), or interfere with the plaintiff, the judge did not address the issue of a gun.