Thomas Matusiewicz

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal prosecutors are recommending that notices be sent to 500 potential jurors for the cyberstalking trial of relatives of a man who killed his former daughter-in-law and another woman at a Delaware courthouse.

The recommendation was included with a proposed jury questionnaire filed this week for the June trial of the widow, son and daughter of Thomas Matusiewicz.

Prosecutors say jury selection will likely be longer and more complex than usual, given the nature of the case and a potential six-week trial.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has denied a defense request to transfer the stalking trial of relatives of a man who killed two people at a Delaware courthouse in 2013 to another state.

Tuesday's ruling comes from a Pennsylvania judge who was assigned to the Matusiewicz family case after Judge Gregory Sleet of Delaware recused himself last year.

Sleet and all other Delaware judges were recused after prosecutors disclosed the discovery of a purported "hit list" in courthouse gunman Thomas Matusiewicz's car that included Sleet's name.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware attorney general's office says a police officer was justified in shooting at a man who killed two people at the New Castle County courthouse in February 2013.

In a report released Wednesday, former deputy attorney general Tim Mullaney said Capitol Police Cpl. Steven Rinehart was justified in using deadly force after Thomas Matusiewicz opened fire in the courthouse lobby.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The side entrance to the New Castle County Courthouse lobby has reopened for the first time since a fatal shooting inside the doorway in February 2013.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the entrance reopened Tuesday without fanfare. A white picket fence had blocked access to the door from the outside, reminding people of the shooting for the past 18 months.

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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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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.

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.  

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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) - The autopsy report for a Texas man who killed his former daughter-in-law and another woman at a Delaware courthouse shows he had a brain tumor.

The report notes large a tumor known as a meningioma was found during the autopsy. 

Authorities say 68-year-old Thomas Matusiewicz killed himself following the courthouse shooting Feb. 11. The gunman's widow, Lenore Matusiewicz had sought an independent autopsy saying she believes an untreated brain tumor was to blame for her husband's violent actions.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The daughter of the man who killed his former daughter-in-law and another woman at a Delaware courthouse before killing himself says her family is "stunned and bewildered" by the shooting.

Amy Gonzalez said in an e-mailed statement Thursday that her family wants to "express our deepest sympathy for all of the victims and their families." In a six-sentence statement she said her family apologizes to the people of Delaware for the violent actions of her father, 68-year-old Thomas Matusiewicz of Texas.


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.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington will remain closed to the public for another day in the aftermath of a shooting there.

Court officials said in a statement that the courthouse will remain closed to the public on Wednesday with a few limited exceptions. Those include regularly scheduled Court of Chancery proceedings and some proceedings conducted by videophone.

Regular operations are expected to begin Thursday.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Police say a 68-year-old man who opened fire in a Delaware courthouse lobby, killing his former daughter-in-law and another woman, fatally shot himself after exchanging gunfire with officers.

State police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack said Tuesday that Thomas Matusiewicz of Edcouch, Texas, shot himself in the head after killing 39-year-old Christine Belford and her 47-year-old friend Laura Mulford on Monday. Two police also were hit by gunfire but were protected by their armored vests.