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SLAIN WOMAN ASKED COURT FOR PROTECTION CITY JUDGE RELEASED MAN NOW HELD IN FATAL SHOOTING

Two weeks before she was fatally shot, a Keystone Avenue woman told police that the man with whom she formerly lived for many years had threatened to kill her.

And four days before the Dec. 7 slaying, the man was released from Buffalo City Court, without having to post bail on harassment and trespass charges that resulted from the complaint.

Cathy Didomenico, 34, swore out a criminal complaint Nov. 26 against Raymond C. Swiderski, telling police he had walked into her flat two days earlier, woke her up and told her, "You're dead," according to court documents.

She also said that two days before that, she had to call police when Swiderski had tried to take furniture and appliances out of her flat.

City Judge Hugh B. Scott released Swiderski on his own recognizance on misdemeanor charges stemming from the Nov. 24 incident and harassing phones calls.

Now jailed without bail, Swiderski was found mentally fit after a court-ordered exam last week. According to sources, he was indicted by an Erie County grand jury Tuesday on murder, weapons and other charges.

Swiderski allegedly fled the murder scene but telephoned police within 20 minutes of the slaying. When he surrendered to officers, he told them, "I shot her in the head, and you were going to find me anyway, so I called you," the sources said.

Swiderski also told officers where he dumped the murder weapon.

Joseph J. Marusak, a chief in the district attorney's Homicide Bureau and the chief prosecutor in the case, refused to comment.

Ms. Didomenico was shot once in the back of the head at point-blank range with a sawed off shotgun about 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7 as she sat on Swiderski's front steps at 216 Keystone.

Swiderski and Ms. Didomenico had four children -- three boys and a girl, ranging from 6 to 17 -- and had lived together for 18 years until a recent break-up, according to police. Ms. Didomenico and their children lived at 191 Keystone, across the street from Swiderski's flat.

Tuesday afternoon, City Judge Michael F. Pietruszka granted a request from prosecutors to adjourn court proceedings in the murder case until Jan. 28, reportedly to give prosecutors time to arraign Swiderski on the secret indictment.

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