State again halts website donations for accused Ogden cop killer
OGDEN — Less than a day after a website set up for accused cop-killer Matthew David Stewart began taking donations, the Utah Dept. of Commerce halted it again.
Helpmatthewstewart.org was told to stop soliciting donations until its application was reviewed by the Utah Division of Consumer Protection.
“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.”
On Tuesday morning, the website had been scrubbed of any financial plea for help.
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.