David Matusiewicz


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has refused to dismiss an indictment against the widow and children of a man who killed two people at a Delaware courthouse.

David Matusiewicz, his mother and his sister are charged with conspiracy and stalking of his ex-wife, Christine Belford.

Belford and a friend were shot by Thomas Matusiewicz in 2013 at the New Castle County courthouse before he exchanged gunfire with police and killed himself.

Prosecutors claim the family spied on and harassed Belford for several years, including posting disparaging remarks about her online.

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Christine Belford who was shot and killed along with her friend at the Delaware courthouse warned a year before her death of the potential of violence by her former husband’s family.

The warning came in the form of an email to her attorney which mentioned that her father-in-law Thomas Matusiewicz was an excellent shot.

Belford’s prediction came after her husband David Matusiewicz lost his parental rights to their three children.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there was a hit list found in the car his father was driving which had Belford’s name at the top.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has postponed a trial for relatives of a man who killed two people at a Delaware courthouse.

The judge on Monday postponed a scheduled October trial for David Matusiewicz, his mother, Lenore, and sister, Amy Gonzalez, until March 2015. He also denied Gonzalez's request to have her trial held separately.

The judge also refused to move Gonzalez's trial to another state, as he did last week for her co-defendants.

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The relatives of Delaware courthouse shooter Thomas Matusiewicz will be tried in Delaware on charges of conspiracy and stalking the son’s ex-wife and her friend.

A federal judge denied their motion to move the trial out of the state.

Their attorneys had argued that there had been too much publicity for them to get a fair trial.

David Matusiewicz, his mother. Lenore and his sister Amy Gonzalez have denied any knowledge of the father’s plans.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal judge is resuming a detention hearing for the daughter of a man who killed his former daughter-in-law and another woman at a Delaware courthouse in February.

Amy Gonzalez is fighting an effort by federal prosecutors to keep her behind bars pending a trial on conspiracy and stalking charges.

The judge last week postponed the hearing until Tuesday after Gonzalez's attorney said he needed more time to prepare.

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Federal prosecutors are charging that the daughter of the New Castle Courty Courthouse shooter of being deeply involved in the 2007 kidnapping of her brother’s three children.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 41 year old Amy Gonzalez was never charged in the abduction of the children that David Matusiewicz had with Christine Belford.

But the paper says prosecutors said she sent $50-thousand to her mother and brother as they escaped with the children in Central America.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The widow of a man who killed their former daughter-in-law and another woman at a Delaware courthouse following a bitter custody battle involving their son will remain behind bars pending a detention hearing on federal conspiracy and stalking charges.

A federal magistrate on Thursday ordered 68-year-old Lenore Matusiewicz and her 41-year-old daughter, Amy Gonzalez, to remain in custody pending a detention hearing next Thursday.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A former Delaware optometrist whose ex-wife was killed by his father at a Delaware courthouse has pleaded not guilty to federal conspiracy and stalking charges.

David Matusiewicz entered the plea Tuesday before a federal magistrate. He waived a hearing on a prosecution motion to detain him pending trial, and the judge ordered that he remain in custody.


The wife of the New Castle County Courthouse shooter Thomas Matusiewicz has waived her extradition in a Texas courtroom.

She will be coming back to the First State to face federal charges in the slaying of her former daughter-in-law.

While not directly involved in the killing of her daughter-in-law and friend Lenore Matusiewicz and her son could face up to life in prison on charges of cyber stalking interstate stalking and conspiracy.  

Delaware Law Enforcement

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal prosecutors are filing stalking charges against three relatives of a gunman who killed two women at a Delaware courthouse before taking his own life.

Prosecutors announced the indictment against members of Thomas Matusiewicz's family Thursday afternoon.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Investigators have taken a DNA sample from a man whose father killed two women at a Delaware courthouse before taking his own life.

Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack confirmed that a DNA sample was taken Wednesday from 46-year-old David Matusiewicz, who was sentenced last week to six months in federal prison for violating probation on kidnapping and fraud charges. Those charges stemmed from the 2007 abduction of his three daughters in a custody dispute.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - An affidavit to search of the home of a Texas man who killed his former daughter-in-law at a Delaware courthouse says the man's son and wife are also suspects in her death.

Thomas Matusiewicz  shot Christine Belford and her friend Monday at the New Castle County Courthouse after Belford appeared for a hearing in her lawsuit against the family. He then killed himself.