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SUSPECT DENIES SLAYING GIRLFRIEND

A man charged with shooting his long-time girlfriend in the back of the head, two weeks after she tried to get him jailed for threatening to kill her, pleaded innocent to murder and other charges Friday.

Raymond Swiderski, 34, was ordered to remain jailed without bail by Erie County Judge Timothy J. Drury. Swiderski was indicted on charges of second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and witness tampering in the Dec. 7 slaying of Cathy Didomenico, also 34.

Ms. Didomenico, the mother of Swiderski's four children, was shot in the head at point-blank range with a shotgun as she pleaded for her life on the steps of the defendant's home at 216 Keystone Ave.

Swiderski called police to surrender. The couple's children, three boys and a girl ages 6 to 17, are being cared for by relatives.

The tampering charge is linked to a Nov. 26 complaint Ms. Didomenico lodged against Swiderski after he allegedly made a series of harassing telephone calls and broke into her flat at 191 Keystone on Nov. 24, woke her up and told her, "You're dead."

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