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Associated Press - June 26, 2007 3:23 PM ET

ATLANTA (AP) - Records show the wife of pro wrestler Chris Benoit (ben-WAH') filed for divorce more than four years ago, alleging "cruel treatment."

But she later dropped the complaint, as well as a request for a restraining order in which she charged that Benoit had threatened her and had broken furniture in their home.

In the 2003 divorce filing, she said Benoit made more than $500,000 a year as a professional wrestler, and she asked for permanent custody of their son and child support.

A law enforcement official close to the investigation has told The Associated Press that Benoit strangled his wife and smothered his son before hanging himself in his weight room.

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