Courthouse Shooter's Son Remains in Jail

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013  |  Updated 2:07 PM EDT
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David Matusiewicz, his mother and sister are all under investigation now for their alleged connections to the fatal courthouse shooting earlier this year. David's father shot David's ex-wife and a neighbor before a custody hearing. David Matusiewicz and his ex-wife had been going through a long and bitter custody battle after the couple split.

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David Matusiewicz, his mother and sister are all under investigation now for their alleged connections to the fatal courthouse shooting earlier this year. David's father shot David's ex-wife and a neighbor before a custody hearing. David Matusiewicz and his ex-wife had been going through a long and bitter custody battle after the couple split.

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The son of the Delaware courthouse shooter, facing conspiracy charges himself, waived his right to a detention hearing today meaning he will remain behind bars as he awaits trial.

Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Pat Thynge was scheduled to hold a detention hearing for David Matusiewicz, a former Delaware optometrist, whose ex-wife was killed in a courthouse shooting in Wilmington, Del. earlier this year. Instead, Thynge, at the defendant's request, waived the hearing and instead arraigned David Matusiewicz.

Matusiewicz is charged with conspiring with his family over several years to torment and stalk his ex-wife, Christine Belford, following a bitter divorce and custody battle.

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Belford and a friend were shot to death by Matusiewicz's father, Thomas, in February at the New Castle County courthouse before he turned the gun on himself.

Federal prosecutors charged David Matusiewicz, his mother, Lenore, and sister, Amy Gonzalez, earlier this month with conspiracy, interstate stalking and cyberstalking. They claim the defendants conspired over the course of more than three years to harass, intimidate and stalk Belford and her family.

All three suspects will be tried together.

Judge Thynge called David Matusiewicz a flight risk while factoring in the fact that he at one point kidnapped his kids, taking them to Central America for months. Matusiewicz must continue to not have contact with his children even through third parties while behind bars, Thynge said.

 


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