On Sept. 20, Joseph Gable sought a temporary protection order from his 48-year-old wife, saying that he and his Michelle Gable were separated but that she had shown up in Helena from her home in Clinton, Md.He said his wife didn't have any firearms that he knew of, but he accused her of intimidation and holding him against his will, along with stalking. He asked that McCarter order Michelle Gable to stay at least 1,500 feet away from his home or office. McCarter denied the request the next day.
Michelle Gable, handcuffed and in an orange jail jumpsuit, made a brief court appearance Friday to hear the charges against her. The 48-year-old told Justice of the Peace Michael Swingley that she understood the charges and that she had requested a public defender.