- Ashli Babbitt was married to another man when she had an affair with future husband Aaron Babbitt.
- At the time of the affair, Aaron Babbitt was in a six-year relationship with Celeste Norris.
- Babbitt later drove her SUV into Norris’ vehicle, who she stalked and harassed after the incident.
Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot by police on January 6 as she climbed through a window into the Speaker’s Lobby during the Capitol insurrection.
Four years earlier, Babbitt repeatedly rammed her SUV into the vehicle of Celeste Norris, whose boyfriend of six years she was having an extramarital affair with, the Associated Press reported.
Speaking publicly for the first time on the incident with the Associated Press, Norris stated that she found out in 2015 that her longtime boyfriend Aaron Babbitt was cheating on her with his coworker, Ashli McEntee, who then went by the last name of her then-husband, Timothy McEntee.
When Norris found out about the affair, she told Timothy McEntee, which prompted the future Mrs. Babbitt to chase down and ram her vehicle just a few weeks later, according to the Associated Press.
Deputies responded to the incident and Babbitt was issued a criminal summons on charges of reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property, which were later updated to include reckless driving, negligent driving, and failure to control a vehicle’s speed to avoid a collision, according to a case report from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland, which was obtained by the Associated Press.
While Norris obtained a peace order, legal protection for victims of abuse but who are not eligible to file for a protective order, Babbitt was acquitted by a judge on the criminal charges after admitting under oath that she had tried to portray the vehicular collision as an accident, the Associated Press reported.
Norris obtained a second peace order in February 2017 against Babbitt, who she said had been harassing and stalking her, according to the Associated Press. She wrote in her petition that she had been receiving repeated calls in the middle of the night from an unlisted number and that Babbitt had recently followed her home from work, the Associated Press reported.
Ashli eventually moved to San Diego, California, took over a local business, and married Aaron Babbitt after a divorce from her ex-husband was granted by the state of Maryland.