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Del. Court Shooter's Son Pleads Not Guilty

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)- A former optometrist whose ex-wife was killed by his father in a courthouse shooting in Wilmington earlier this year pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal conspiracy and stalking charges.
 
David Matusiewicz, 46, entered the plea before a federal magistrate judge after he waived a hearing on a motion by federal prosecutors to detain him until his trial.
 
Magistrate judge Mary Pat Thynge ordered that Matusiewicz remain in custody, saying he was "both a danger to the community and a risk of flight, definitely a risk of flight."
 
Matusiewicz pleaded guilty in 2009 to federal fraud and kidnapping charges after taking his three daughters to Central America in 2007. He was released from prison last year. However, he was arrested in February and charged with violating his federal probation after his father, Thomas, shot and killed his son's ex-wife, Christine Belford, 39, and a friend, Laura Mulford, 47. The two women had arrived at the New Castle County courthouse for a child support hearing. Thomas Matuziewicz, 68, then exchanged gunfire with police before killing himself.
 
David Matusiewicz was scheduled to be released from federal prison on Aug. 12 after serving a six-month sentence on the probation violation charge, which stemmed from allegations that he violated a prohibition against being around guns. But federal prosecutors obtained an indictment just a few days before his release, charging him, his mother, Lenore, and his sister, Amy Gonzalez, with conspiring with Thomas Matusiewicz to harass, intimidate and stalk Belford and her family.
 
Lenore Matusiewicz, 68, served more than a year in Delaware state prison for child endangerment for her role in the 2007 kidnapping of her granddaughters. The Matusiewicz family has said the abduction was an attempt to protect one of the daughters from being sexually abused by Belford, an assertion a federal judge said had not been proven.
 
Matusiewicz, his mother and his sister are charged with conspiring over several years to torment and stalk Belford. Some of the charges in the indictment, which alleges conspiracy, interstate stalking and cyberstalking, carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.
 
Lenore Matusiewicz and Gonzalez were arrested in Texas and are being held there until they are transferred later this month to Delaware.

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