Documents: Husband harassed wife days before allegedly shooting her, step-son, mother-in-law

Posted at 12:49 PM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-21 14:06:01-05

A protective order had been filed against the man accused of shooting and killing his wife and her mother the day before he allegedly shot and killed them. 

According to court documents, Shelly Splittgerber had filed a protective order against Matt Splitgerber on Dec. 19. He was never served. 

The protective order was filed in the 264th District Court and said that Matt was to not go near Shelly, her son Corden Fidler, or her parents Bob and Sherry Gray. 

According to court documents, Matt had committed "family violence and is likely to commit family violence in the future" and included stalking, harassing text messages and a witness had seen Matt shove his own father. 

The protective order had said Matt was to not go within 200 yards of Shelly, her son and her parents and to not harm the family's Cockerpoo dog. 

On Dec. 18, Shelly said that Matt would harass Shelly's ex-husband and Corden's step-mother with threatening texts stating that the child was in "immediate danger." 

The court documents said that on Dec. 17, Shelly had received a text from Matt asking when the two could meet after she had told him to leave her alone. 

On Dec. 14, the documents say that Shelly reported that Matt had followed Corden's bus just after 6 a.m. 

According to the Bell County Sheriff's Department, Matt was never served the protective order. 

Shelly and her mother Sherry were found dead, as well as Matt, at a home in Temple Thursday morning. 

Police responded to shots fired call at a home on W. Virginia Avenue. Shelly was found in the yard, alongside 4-year-old Corden. Sherry was found in the home near Matt, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Shelly was a Belton ISD P.E. teacher at Miller Heights Elementary. 

Corden remains in the hospital in critical condition. 

On Friday, the GoFundMe had this update on his condition:

Neurologist just came in and was happy with his progress. He has some right side reaction when he is taken off sedation and pinched. We are awaiting his CAT scan results that they re-did this morning. He has multiple wounds and his head wound is open to allow for swelling. His brain will swell for about 48 more hours and then they will start testing his brain function more. 

Belton ISD released a statement on Friday: 

Belton ISD is deeply saddened by the death of elementary teacher Shelly Splittgerber. While new to the District and the Miller Heights campus, in her short few months with us she had already demonstrated skill, integrity, and a strong love for children - qualities that are highly desired and admired in a teacher. She went above and beyond to care for her students, and most recently delivered a Christmas tree and ornaments to a Miller Heights family.

The Miller Heights school community will be deeply impacted by the loss of their teacher, friend, and colleague. Counseling support will be provided to assist students and staff as needed as they grieve the loss of this special teacher.”

For anyone wanting to assist the family, you can donate to their GoFundMe here

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