She typed one letter and penned two others in large block characters, sporadically underlining words to make her point: Jeffery Moretz wasn’t a threat to her.
“I am in no way afraid of him,” she wrote on Sept. 10, 2009. “Never have been. I trust him completely. He has never threatened me.”
At the time, Christine Moretz wanted the judge to lift a no-contact order between the married couple, put in place after Jeffery Moretz was charged with aggravated assault for firing a gun during an argument with his son.
Investigators continue to look at what happened between then and Tuesday, when Collier County sheriff’s officials said Jeffery Moretz fatally shot Christine Moretz, his estranged wife, at Physicians Regional-Pine Ridge before shooting and wounding himself. Deputies responded to a third-floor shooting, where it is believed Jeffery Moretz used a semiautomatic pistol to shoot Christine Moretz and himself, an incident report released Wednesday said.
“They’re continuing to interview witnesses and investigate the case,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten said.
Jeffery Moretz was in intensive care as of Tuesday night, though no update was available about his condition Wednesday.
NBC-2 cameras showed a medical helicopter airlifting Jeffery Moretz away from Physicians Regional-Pine Ridge and landing at Lee Memorial Hospital, the area’s only trauma center, on Tuesday evening. However, a hospital spokeswoman couldn’t confirm whether Moretz was a patient, citing privacy laws.
A motive remains unknown, but court records reveal some details about the Moretz’s lives leading up to the shooting.
On June 17, Christine Moretz filed for divorce, seeking to end her 36-year marriage. The couple had few assets to divide — three cars, a computer, office furniture and other items, valued at $30,800 — and no debts listed, according to a divorce filing.
Christine Moretz listed her address as a North Naples residence on the 6000 block of English Oaks Lane that the couple had been evicted from in March. Holly Kaleniecki, who lives across the street from the residence, said Wednesday she hasn’t seen anybody living in the house “at least for a couple months.”
Jeffery Moretz listed his address as a rental on the 1200 block of 17th Street Southwest in Golden Gate Estates. In state records, the address is also listed as the location of Master Builders and Remodeling. An April state business filing indicated Jeffery Moretz was the company’s president, while Christine Moretz was its vice president and secretary.
Business hadn’t been strong for Jeffery Moretz. In his divorce filing, he listed monthly wages of $1,600, about $700 less than his monthly expenses.
Christine Moretz listed a new occupation in the filing, saying she was a clerk for Guest Services Inc., a hospitality company. Her $1,652 monthly income exceeded her $1,300 in monthly expenses, she wrote.
The filing made no mention of why Christine Moretz wanted a divorce, saying only that the marriage was irrevocably broken. She didn’t request alimony.
Collier County court records show Jeffery Moretz also faced a felony aggravated assault charge in August 2009, a count that was dismissed in March 2010 due to insufficient evidence.
A Sheriff’s Office arrest report said Jeffery Moretz fired “four or five” shots in the air while chasing his son out of their house during an argument. The disagreement stemmed from complaints by the son about his father sending him to a bad dentist appointment, the report said.
Upon arrival, sheriff’s deputies found Jeffery Moretz had taken six Xanax pills. They transported him to Physicians Regional-Pine Ridge, the same hospital where he is accused of shooting his wife, the report said.
During the 2009 case, Jeffery Moretz told his wife that he was going to shoot himself or overdose on pills, the report said.
The arrest, combined with a foreclosure case in Maryland, kept the Moretzes from buying the house they were living in at the time in the 1100 block of 17th Street Southwest, the property landlord, Ernest Bowman, said Wednesday. The property is located one-tenth of a mile from Jeffery Moretz’s address at the time of the shooting.
Bowman, a concrete contractor in Naples for 30 years who now lives in Lake Placid, lost contact with the Moretzes following the arrest. Bowman said there were no other issues with the Moretzes during the six months they lived at his rental home.
He said they “seemed like a pretty good family.”
“From what I knew around town, he was well-liked as a general contractor,” Bowman said.