RALEIGH — Although Mario Vellotti confessed to shooting his estranged wife in a 911 call, police have searched both the Vellottis’ homes, cellphones, computers and a vehicle to secure further evidence.
Agata Filipska Vellotti, 43, was shot and killed Aug. 30 outside the Meridian at Wakefield apartments.
A series of search warrants made public this week confirmed the confession Mario Vellotti, 64, made during the 911 call: “I just shot my wife.”
Vellotti is being held without bail at Central Prison on charges of first-degree murder.
According to court documents, the couple had a history of domestic violence. They had recently separated and were involved in a child-custody dispute.
Police confiscated as evidence the shirt and other clothing Mario Vellotti was wearing the day of the shooting, according to one of the warrants.
Police also searched Agata Vellotti’s apartment and recovered unspecified documents, a digital camera, a wallet and two laptop computers.
Investigators also seized two cellphones: the Samsung that Agata Vellotti was holding, flipped open, in her left hand when they found her body on the sidewalk; and the AT&T cellphone Mario Vellotti used to call 911 after the shooting.
Both phones were taken to determine what calls, if any, the Vellottis made to each other before the shooting, according to the warrants.
Detectives also searched Mario Vellotti’s silver Lexus GS350 and his home at 2728 Kingsley Place, where he returned after the shooting, and seized two video recorders, three computers, cameras and a manila envelope addressed to Agata Vellotti, according to the warrants.