MANCHESTER – Melissa Charbonneau wanted a divorce.
She made it official on Wednesday, filing two petitions at Hillsborough Superior Court: one to end the marriage, and another alleging her husband, Jonathan Charbonneau, had thrown her down a staircase, climbed on top of her and choked her.
A day later, friends and neighbors said, Melissa Charbonneau, 29, was dead, shot to death by her husband about 2 p.m. yesterday.
A Hillsborough County deputy sheriff served Jonathan Charbonneau, 32, with a restraining order some time on Wednesday, according to court records. The order barred him from coming within 100 feet of his wife. It also required him to hand over any firearms he might have. In paperwork, Melissa Charbonneau noted her husband kept a hunting gun in his closet.
The domestic violence petition alleges Melissa Charbonneau and her husband got into a "small argument" Wednesday while she was getting ready to go for a run. It says Jonathan Charbonneau punched his fist through the bedroom door and slammed his wife against a wall.
From there, it says, Jonathan Charbonneau dragged her down the hallway and threw her down the stairs.
"My step-daughter attempted to get him off of me and (asked him) to stop," Melissa Charbonneau wrote. "(He) pushed her off him."
The petition says Jonathan Charbonneau proceeded to pick his wife off the floor and throw her into a lamp and table, at which point he climbed on top of her and choked her, twice.
"I was begging him to stop," Melissa Charbonneau wrote.
Afterward, Melissa Charbonneau said she took her step-daughter and went to Hallsville Elementary School to pick up her 7-year-old son, Jonathan Charbonneau Jr. Eventually, the petition says, she reported the incident to the police and went to elliot Hospital.
The domestic violence petition says Jonathan Charbonneau works for Universal Drywall in Hooksett. Melissa Charbonneau wrote that her husband has a history of violent tendencies and drug use and has taken medication for depression and anxiety.
A clerk at the superior court said she could not release the divorce file to the public yesterday