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Federal judge refuses to dismiss indictment against relatives of Delaware courthouse shooter

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DOVER, Delaware — 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.

Defense attorneys argued that the cyberstalking statute was unconstitutionally vague and overbroad.

But the judge refused to dismiss the indictment last week, saying the defendants had not shown that the statute violated their free speech and due process rights.

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