Website for accused cop killer taking donations again

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OGDEN — A website set up in support of accused cop-killer Matthew David Stewart is again taking donations for his legal defense.

The Utah Dept. of Commerce halted helpmatthewstewart.org from raising donations, saying it did not have the proper permits to solicit donations. On Monday, the website set up by family and friends said that it was not operating as a charity.

“That means that there are no tax deductions or other tax benefits possible for any contributions to this cause,” the website said. “100% of ALL donations go directly to the parents of Matthew David Stewart and are used to pay their son’s legal fees.”

Stewart is accused of killing Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force Agent Jared Francom and wounding five other officers as they attempted to serve a drug-related search warrant on his Jackson Ave. home in January. Stewart faces the death penalty, if convicted.