A Columbus woman who was killed last week in an apparent murder-suicide had been denied a protective order against her estranged husband. That’s according to a report from WLKY news in Louisville.
36-year-old Julie Schmidtke and her estranged husband, Charles, were found dead in a home in the 2200 block of Sumpter Court on December 19. She had been shot multiple times and he had a single gunshot wound, according to the Bartholomew County Coroner’s office.
The news channel says that Schmidtke had applied for the protective order 10 days before the shooting and was turned down. Family members told the station that the hope was his guns could be taken away if a protective order had been issued. She had applied for a divorce five days before the shooting.
The channel says that the shooting happened in front of Julie Schmidtke’s two sons.