On Monday they had lunch, returned to work, then headed in separate directions, Alissa Blanton's mother, Connie Hassell of Festus, Mo., told the Sentinel. Moments later, Hassell said, Brent Blanton received a phone call from his wife and she told him Troy was there.
A witness told police that Troy shot Blanton multiple times.
Her husband's 911 call to authorities reveals his anguish.
"Baby I love you," Brent Blanton could be heard saying to his bleeding wife. "Keep breathing. Oh my God, come on, baby."
He also told 911 operators, "This guy's been stalking my wife."
Blanton's death has domestic violence advocates questioning the legal system, saying it failed to protect her.
Troy's friends say they never suspected he was less than the person he appeared to be.
"We had no reason to think there was anything duplicitous about Roger, great sense of humor," Margo Gould, Troy's neighbor, told WFTV. "Sometimes the people that have these problems hide them the best, because he was just a good friend and neighbor to me and my husband."