De­fen­dant’s ex-wife may be called in cold-case killing

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS -

Ni­a­gara County Dis­trict At­tor­ney

Caro­line A. Wo­j­taszek said Fri­day that she will ask a judge to al­low Joseph H. Bel­stadt’s ex-wife to tes­tify “about the state of the mar­riage” at his July trial on charges of mur­der­ing a North Ton­awanda teenager in 1993.

Judge Sara Shel­don asked the sides to re­search whether Kar­rie Bel­stadt’s tes­ti­mony might cre­ate a con­flict of in­ter­est for the de­fense. An at­tor­ney who at the time worked with co-de­fense coun­sel Michele G. Bergevin rep­re­sented Kar­rie Bel­stadt in the 2007 di­vorce.

She is one of 700 po­ten­tial wit­nesses in the death of Mandy Stein­gasser, 17.

Joseph Bel­stadt, 43, was charged with mur­der last April.

– Thomas J. Pro­haska

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