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.
Among those being indicted is the gunman's son, David Matusiewicz, who is set to be released next week from a federal detention center in New York after being accused of violating probation on federal fraud and kidnapping charges. Those charges stemmed from the 2007 abduction of his three daughters in a custody dispute with his ex-wife, Christine Belford.
Also indicted were Thomas Matusiewicz's wife, Lenore, and Lenore and Thomas' daughter and David's sister, Amy Gonzalez.
Thomas Matusiewicz shot and killed Belford and another woman on Feb. 11 before taking his own life.
Vice President Joe Biden issued a statement today about the indictment:
Since their mother's death we have remained deeply concerned that the children of Christine Belford were at risk of harm by members of the Matusiewicz family. My office, along with other agencies, have taken multiple measures to ensure that the children are well cared for and that they remain safe and anonymous. Sadly, the seriousness of the allegations in this week's indictment, which resulted from an excellent joint state-federal investigation, reflect the validity of our grave concerns. We are grateful that this indictment will help keep the children and our community safe and bring us another step closer to justice for Christine Belford and Laura Mulford.
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