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Raleigh man charged in fatal domestic violence case dies of lung cancer

Posted June 23, 2014

Mario Vellotti

— A Raleigh man accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife in the head nearly two years ago has died, prompting a judge to dismiss a murder charge against him Monday.

Mario Vellotti, 66, passed away over the weekend in the medical ward at Central Prison in Raleigh, where he had been treated for months for lung cancer, Wake County Assistant District Attorney Deborah Shandles said.

Vellotti was supposed to go to trial last November for the Aug. 30, 2012, death of his wife, Agata Flipska Vellotti, but the case was indefinitely continued because of his medical condition.

Agata Vellotti, 43, was shot in the head as she was returning to her home on Colbert Creek Loop from walking her 6-year-old son to school.

After the attack, Mario Vellotti drove to the Raleigh Police Department’s downtown substation, where he told officers that he shot her and wanted to surrender, according to search warrants.

Those who knew Agata Vellotti said she had moved out of her husband's home before her death and that she also had a domestic violence protective order against him.

The two were involved in a custody dispute over their son, according to friends and court documents.


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  • LetsBeFair Jun 23, 2014

    Everyone lost

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 23, 2014

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    How do you know all this for a certainty???

  • sunshine1040 Jun 23, 2014

    He was hoping to get the state to pay for his medical care. # years ago he most likely know about the cancer diagnosis and did not want his wife to get full custody of the child ever. I do hope he child has a guardian that loves him and can help him recover from the tragedy that has been his life so far

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 23, 2014

    Prayers for the child.
    I wish this man had thought about his son before he killed his mother and now has left him totally alone.

  • Tim Kelly Jun 23, 2014
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    I guess this saves the taxpayers money. But man, this poor kid...

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 23, 2014

    Since the charges were dismissed, does this mean that all websites need to pull his mugshot photo? ;-)

  • Itsmyopinion67 Jun 23, 2014

    Good grief what a depressing story!