In an included petition for protection from domestic abuse, Nancy Benoit said Chris "lost his temper and threatened to strike the petitioner and cause extensive damage to the home and personal belongings of the parties, including furniture and furnishings. Petitioner is in reasonable fear for petitioner's own safety and that of the minor child."
On May 12, 2003, a judge issued a restraining order against Chris Benoit, barring him from the family's Peachtree City home. But, on August 19, 2003, Nancy Benoit filed to have her petitions dismissed—they were, and the couple apparently reconciled.
On Monday, June 25, 2007, the bodies of Chris, Nancy and Daniel Benoit were found in the family's Atlanta-area home. Police believe Chris Benoit killed his wife and son over the weekend, via strangulation and smothering, respectively, before taking his own life via hanging on Monday.
AJC Report: http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/fayette/stories/2007/06/25/0625benoit.html