HELENA (AP) — A Helena man who was shot to death in his apartment Thursday was denied a temporary restraining order last month and filed for divorce two days before his estranged wife was arrested on suspicion of killing him and another woman.
Joseph Andrew Gable, 48, sought a temporary order of protection from Michelle Coller Gable on Sept. 20, alleging she was stalking him, the Independent Record reported Friday (http://bit.ly/pCOEBK).
He said Michelle Gable, 48, had entered his apartment while he was trying to change the locks and started a confrontation. He said she threw a laptop computer down the stairs, tried to block him from leaving the apartment and prevented him from driving away because her rental car was parked behind his vehicle.
"She jumped out of her rental car and came at me to continue the confrontation. I ran back into the house and locked the door," Joseph Gable wrote in court documents.
"She has been out of Montana on the East Coast in Maryland for over two years, came back unannounced and is trying to disrupt my life anyway she can, apparently," he wrote.
District Judge Dorothy McCarter denied the request, writing: "No personal danger or threat involved."
Joseph Gable filed for divorce Tuesday, listing his wife's address as Clinton, Md.
Michelle Gable faces two counts deliberate homicide in the death of her husband and his female acquaintance after the shooting at his apartment Thursday morning. She was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Friday afternoon.
The name of the other victim, a 50-year-old woman who recently moved to Helena from Texas, has not been released.