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Kidnapping suspect Stewart Weldon appears in court

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Police have not named anyone a suspect in the case of three bodies found at a Springfield home, but Stewart Weldon, who lived in that house, was arraigned on a new kidnapping charge on Monday.

As you can imagine, there’s a bit of unease in that relatively safe Springfield neighborhood.  

Three bodies found with no suspect and now, a man who lived at that address appeared in court again this morning on two new charges.

Weldon faced a judge Monday morning on charges including one count of kidnapping and one count of assault with the intent to commit a rape.

Weldon pleaded not guilty to those new charges, which are related to an alleged incident that took place in February.

Investigators said that Weldon last lived at 1333 Page Boulevard where investigators recovered three bodies last week.

Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni identified them Monday afternoon as:

  • Ernestine Ryans, 47, of Springfield
  • America Lyden, 34, of Springfield
  • Kayla Escalante, 27, of Ludlow

However, the D.A.’s office has not named Weldon a suspect or even referred to these three women as victims of homicide.

“Evidence has been collected there as we expected and that process is ongoing and was very active last night as a matter of fact," Gulluni said.

The D.A.'s office told Western Mass News that the latest charges are unrelated to charges filed against Weldon last week, including kidnapping, carrying a dangerous weapon, and resisting arrest.

"As a result, an additional $1 million cash bail was set," Gulluni explained. 

A judge had already set his bail to a separate $1 million cash last week on that other kidnapping charge.

Weldon is scheduled to appear in court again at the end of the month.  

Western Mass News will continue to follow this story and will have more information as it becomes available.

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