LOWELL, Ore. (AP) -- The man fatally shot inside a Jehovah's Witness church late Wednesday once filed for a restraining order against the alleged killer.
Investigators said they still don't know what led Robert "Riley" Gonzales, 34, to allegedly walk into Kingdom Hall and fatally shoot his wife's ex-husband, 47-year-old Kenneth Mort. But eight years ago, Mort sought a restraining order against Gonzales, The Register-Guard newspaper reported.
In his application, Mort characterized Gonzales as the "son of a friend who asked me to befriend him."
Mort wrote that Gonzales repeatedly parked outside his family's Lowell home and once placed his hand over one of Mort's two daughters, restricting her breathing.
"When I told him to stay away from my wife and children he told me he would be with them whenever my wife called, like it or not," Mort wrote.
A judge granted the request for a restraining order, but Mort dropped the order against Gonzales in May 2003, court records show.
Gonzales was arraigned on a murder charge Thursday in Eugene and remains in the Lane County Jail. Gonzales, due back in court next week, also is charged with kidnapping for allegedly using a gun to force three other male church members back into the Kingdom Hall before shooting Mort.
Several of Gonzales' relatives attended the hearing. His younger brother, Nathan, said Gonzales married Mort's ex-wife five years ago.
"I'm honestly shocked," Nathan Gonzales said of his brother's situation. Neighbors and members of the church said Gonzales lived in a home about a block away from the Kingdom Hall with Mort's ex-wife, Teresa.
Court records show that Mort lived in the same house until July 2002, when he filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 17 years and sought restraining orders against her and Gonzales.
Roxanne Long, who lives next door, said she never suspected any feud between the men. "They're both mild-mannered people," Long said. "Ken was a very good guy. I've always thought Riley was too."