Arizona writer drops poisoning claims in opposition to ex-wife

FLAGSTAFF — An Arizona newspaper writer who repeatedly claimed that his ex-wife poisoned him has dropped lawsuits in opposition to her forward of a trial that was scheduled to begin this week.

Joseph Soldwedel sued Felice Aspiranti amid a bitter divorce after police discovered no proof of his declare that she tried to kill him with a heavy metallic as soon as utilized in rat poisoning. Prosecutors in Yavapai County declined to file legal expenses.

Soldwedel runs Western Information and Information Inc., which owns or partially owns a dozen newspapers, together with the Each day Courier in Prescott, the Each day Miner in Kingman, the Navajo-Hopi Observer and Right now’s Information-Herald in Lake Havasu Metropolis.

Soldwedel additionally accused Aspiranti, 66, of defamation, and she or he countersued.

The circumstances have been consolidated however largely languished in court docket since they have been filed in 2018 partially due to the pandemic.

As Thursday’s trial date neared, Soldwedel agreed to drop his claims and Aspiranti, in flip, dropped hers. A choose signed off on the deal final month, saying the lawsuits can’t be refiled and known as off the trial.

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