Former Lawmaker Faces Trial in Alleged Assault of Son-in-Law

Former Lawmaker Faces Trial in Alleged Assault of Son-in-Law

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- A former member of the Utah House of Representatives will face a summer trial on charges she tried to run over her son-in-law with a car.

Two days have been set aside for 57-year-old Dionne Halverson's trial, starting June 27, a judge ordered Thursday.

She is charged with felony aggravated assault for allegedly trying to injure Alex Williams, a Utah Highway Patrol Trooper, at his Plain City home on Nov. 16. Williams, who was not harmed, is married to Halverson's daughter.

Halverson resigned in 1991 from her second term as a Democratic Utah House member from Ogden after she was arrested for shoplifting nearly $200 worth of clothing.

A security guard at Mervyn's Department Store in Ogden stopped her leaving the store around Christmas with a bag of unpaid clothing. She first denied guilt, then pleaded no contest to a class A misdemeanor, and was fined $350.

A House ethics committee voted to expel her, but passage by the whole House failed by two votes. Instead, she was censured and subsequently resigned.

In 1998, as a Republican, she attempted a political comeback, but failed to get the party's nod at convention for another Weber County House seat.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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