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.
As police neared the residence, Wilson got into a car and drove off, prompting Schnittman to write in the protective order petition, “I strongly believed that it was his intention to become involved in a high-speed chase with police, the goal of which was to kill himself and possibly others.”
The woman also filed a petition for a protective order against Wilson on the same day as Schnittman, court records show.
Her petition was approved.
In it she wrote that Wilson sent text messages to her all day and night and showed up at her door when she didn't respond. She also said he broke into her house with a screwdriver in August and stole her .38-caliber revolver.
Police said more than one gun was used the day Wilson killed Schnittman and himself but declined to identify the type of guns used.
Oklahoma City police responded to calls about a shooting and home invasion early Friday in the 1500 block of NW 39. They arrived and found a 32-year-old woman being held hostage in a car by Wilson.
Schnittman was found shot to death inside the house.
The woman Wilson took hostage was described by police as having been in a relationship with Schnittman.
She told police she'd been sexually assaulted. The Oklahoman's policy is not to name victims of sexual assault.
Officers persuaded Wilson to free the woman and were led on a high-speed chase along the Interstate 35 bridge south of the Interstate 40 eastbound junction.
Wilson appeared to lose control of his vehicle before it came to a stop. Officers found Wilson dead inside the car of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Four children, ages 9, 5, 2 and 1, were in the home. They were taken into protective custody.