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Slain rower sought protection from man who killed him, Oklahoma County Court records show

William A. Schnittman told Oklahoma County Special Judge Lisa K. Hammond that Darrell K. Wilson stalked him and threatened his life. The court order was denied because of incomplete paperwork.
by Tim Willert Published: December 26, 2012

Competitive rower William Schnittman feared for his life in the days leading up to his death, and he told a judge he was being stalked, harassed and threatened, court records show.

But Schnittman's petition for a protective order against Darrell Wilson was denied because he failed to submit all of the necessary paperwork.

Schnittman wrote in the Dec. 4 petition that Wilson, 36, had threatened to kill him and then take his own life because of Schnittman's relationship with a woman.

“He again told me that his problems were my fault, that he was going to kill himself, and that his death was on my conscience,” Schnittman wrote, adding Wilson told him he would “take care of me” before he killed himself.”

Friday, Wilson shot and killed Schnittman, 25, sexually assaulted the woman, abducted her and let her go, and then led officers on a chase before killing himself, police said.

Oklahoma County Special Judge Lisa K. Hammond denied Schnittman's petition for a protective order.

Schnittman's petition was insufficient because he had not complained to police about being stalked by Wilson.

Such a complaint is necessary for protective orders when the person seeking protection does not have a relationship with the person the order is directed against.

The judge could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Schnittman's request for a protective order did include an Oct. 28 police report concerning Wilson's arrest on a complaint of driving under the influence.

On that night, according to the petition, Wilson showed up at the woman's house, kicked in the door and threatened Schnittman.

Wilson said he had taken 40 prescription pills before breaking into the house and said “he was trying to kill himself because of me, an emotional burden that feels overwhelming,” Schnittman wrote.

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by Tim Willert
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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