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Raleigh man likely won't be tried for wife's murder

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Mario Vellotti

Mario Vellotti (Image courtesy Wake County Sheriff's Office)

A Raleigh man accused of gunning down his wife in Wakefield is so close to death he will likely never be tried for the crime.

That's what a prosecutor told a judge Thursday during a review of the status of Mario Vellotti's murder case.

Vellotti's wife was gunned down at her apartment across the street from a school in the summer of 2012.  Mario Vellotti called 911, confessed to the murder, and drove himself to a downtown Raleigh police station.  The then 64-year-old Vellotti and his 43-year-old wife, Agata, were separated and fighting for custody of their 6-year-old son.

Thursday, a prosecutor told the judge that Mario Vellotti is in critical condition, doctors have stopped trying to treat his terminal lung cancer, and that he getting only pain medication.

The prosecutor added that doctors believe he doesn't have much longer to live.

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