Wife slain at YMCA had restraining order

June 27, 2008 10:53:56 AM PDT
A man being sought for shooting his estranged wife to death while she watched one of their children swim at a YMCA had been ordered in October to have no contact with her, authorities said Friday. Kenneth A. Duckett was under a restraining order that specified no contact with Monica Paul, but allowed him to have visitation rights with their two children, said Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

"Basically, it was like a curbside drop-off," Loriquet said. The couple had separated in August, but it was unclear when they had married. Paul, 31, obtained a temporary restraining order in October, and it was made final later that month, Loriquet said.

Paul was with the children Thursday evening at the Montclair YMCA. As she was in a waiting area by the pool where their 4-year-old son was swimming, Duckett approached and shot her several times in front of their 11-year-old daughter, authorities said.

Duckett fled in a white Jeep with another man, and the vehicle was later found in Orange, where the 37-year-old Duckett lived.

The Essex County Sheriff's Department is offering $5,000 for information leading to Duckett's arrest. Information can be phoned to 973-877-TIPS (8477).

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