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Hampden Co. D.A. reacts to court's handling of Stewart Weldon

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Stewart Weldon has a long history in the court system.  He’s known by local police departments from Springfield to Westfield.

On Monday, Weldon pleaded not guilty to new charges of kidnapping and assault with intent to commit rape.

We've been to court to request public records that detail Weldon’s long criminal history and by simply doing that, it’s clear he has a long history in Springfield District Court as we’ve waited days to get all of his records.

After arresting him on a kidnapping charge, police found three bodies at Weldon’s house.  His connection to this finding is not yet clear, but it has brought up questions about the court’s handling of a repeat offender.

“The history of Mr. Weldon in the court system, I’ve looked at," said Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni.

In Springfield, Weldon has at least 19 past charges including robbery, breaking and entering, disorderly conduct, and assault with a dangerous weapon, and now, two kidnapping charges.

However, Gulluni said that he’s satisfied with what his office had done in Weldon’s interaction with the court system.

“Identifying him as a dangerous person, especially when you look back at that case from October when he had a very violent incident with police," Gulluni said.

According to court documents obtained by Western Mass News, in October, Weldon was charged with several counts including assault and battery on a police officer and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Gulluni said that these are things his office will explore in the future.

“At this point, I don’t want to get into some of those things that I think are peripheral to the investigation," Gulluni added.

Hours after Weldon appeared before a judge on Monday, the D.A.'s office identified the three bodies found at the house where Weldon lived as:

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

Gulluni said that the investigation continues, but will respond to questions about the court system’s handling of Weldon in the future.

“Those kinds of issues will come in due time," Gulluni explained.

The D.A.’s office said that the investigation could go on for weeks, even after they’ve cleared this scene on Page Boulevard.

Western Mass News continues to follow this story and we will have the latest information on-air and online.

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