Prosecutors eye large jury pool in Matusiewicz case

 Police gather outside the New Castle County Courthouse in 2013 after two people were shot and killed by Thomas Matusiewicz. His relatives go on trial later this year for their alleged role in planning the attack. (File/WHYY)

Police gather outside the New Castle County Courthouse in 2013 after two people were shot and killed by Thomas Matusiewicz. His relatives go on trial later this year for their alleged role in planning the attack. (File/WHYY)

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.

Matusiewicz killed Christine Belford and a friend of hers in 2013 before exchanging gunfire with police and shooting himself. Prosecutors claim that Matusiewicz and his family conspired for years to torment and stalk Belford, leading to her death.

Matusiewicz’s relatives deny knowing that he intended to kill Belford.

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